‘DAP-led govt sold more state land than pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion’

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The sale of state land by the Pe­nang gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the one in Peel Av­enue, be­came an is­sue at the state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly sit­ting here yes­ter­day.

Barisan Na­sional as­sem­bly­men re­but­ted al­le­ga­tions of­ten spewed by the state gov­ern­ment that it was the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion that had sold more state land than the present one.

There was pin-drop si­lence in­side the au­gust house when Datuk Muham­mad Farid Saad (BN-Pu­lau Be­tong) re­vealed state land sold by the DAP-led ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng, had on last Thurs­day, de­nied that his ad­min­is­tra­tion sold more land that the pre­vi­ous BN-led state gov­ern­ment. He claimed he sold only 42.44ha since com­ing into power in 2008.

“This is a lie. This is be­cause ex­ist­ing records show he had sold far more land than BN.”

Farid said, ac­cord­ing to records, the state gov­ern­ment had sold:

42ha in Bayan Mu­tiara to Ivory Prop­er­ties for RM1.07 bil­lion in 2011;

0.44ha in Jalan Zainal Abidin to Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Den­tal Cen­tre Sdn Bhd

(KLIDC) for RM11.6 mil­lion in 2012;

Trans­fered 44ha in Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang and Gur­ney Drive to Con­sor­tium Zenith BUCG as pay­ment in kind for the RM6.3 bil­lion three-paired roads and Pe­nang Un­der­sea Tun­nel projects in 2013;

16ha in Batu Kawan to PE Land for RM65.34 mil­lion in 2013;

98ha in Batu Kawan to Aspen Vi­sion (which Ivory Prop­er­ties holds 49 per cent of the shares) for RM484 mil­lion in 2014;

12ha in Batu Kawan to Paramount Group for RM67 mil­lion in 2014;

188ha in Batu Kawan to Eco World for RM1.02 bil­lion in 2014 (the agree­ment was sub­se­quently can­celled by Eco World);

8ha in Batu Kawan to Sin­ga­pore-based Ja­bil Group for RM30 mil­lion in 2015; and,

2.56ha in Peel Av­enue to Is­land Hos­pi­tal for RM156 mil­lion.

Farid said be­sides the sale of state land, the state gov­ern­ment had al­legedly alien­ated sev­eral pieces of land to pri­vate com­pa­nies such as the state land in Re­lau to Ti­ti­jaya (Ti­ti­jaya is also be­lieved to be given a piece of land in Gel­u­gor by the state gov­ern­ment) where the Telekom trans­mit­ter is lo­cated.

“Longer lease is given to pri­vate com­pa­nies such as the Habi­tat project in Pe­nang Hill, a sec­tion of the Pu­lau Bu­rung land­fill to TLB Terang and PBA land in Teluk Ba­hang for a theme park.

“Is this leased land made via open ten­der, or through ne­go­ti­a­tions?

“We are con­fi­dent there are other land sold by the cur­rent state gov­ern­ment with­out our knowl­edge,” he said, ad­ding that there was talk that land worth more than RM10 bil­lion had been sold since 2008.

“The chief min­is­ter should come clean and ex­plain this.”

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, Lim de­nied that the Peel Av­enue land was sold be­low mar­ket value, say­ing that the price was quoted by the Val­u­a­tion and Prop­erty Ser­vices De­part­ment un­der the Fi­nance Min­istry.

“In fact, we use the price for free­hold, which is much higher than the price quoted for a 99year lease.”

Datuk Muham­mad Farid Saad

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