Rah­man tells Azmin to clear air on Ijok land deal

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CY­BER­JAYA: Barisan Na­sional Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Abdul Rah­man Dahlan has urged Se­lan­gor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to clear the air over a con­tro­ver­sial RM1.18 bil­lion land deal in Ijok.

Rah­man said the state govern­ment’s act in hand­ing over the 880ha land to two com­pa­nies be­fore the case was brought to the Fed­eral Court had raised sus­pi­cion as the de­ci­sions by the High Court and Court of Appeal were in favour of the Se­lan­gor govern­ment re­claim­ing the land.

“What was his jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for giv­ing the piece land to Mu­jur Za­man Sdn Bhd and LCBN De­vel­op­ment Sdn Bhd, when the High Court and Court of Appeal had de­cided in favour of for­mer Se­lan­gor men­teri be­sar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s de­ci­sion to re­take the land,” he said yes­ter­day.

“Why didn’t Azmin wait for the case to be heard in the Fed­eral Court since the state govern­ment had al­ready won the case? Why did he make such a hasty de­ci­sion, which led to losses for the state and peo­ple of Se­lan­gor?” he told a press con­fer­ence.

Rah­man said when Pakatan Rakyat took over Se­lan­gor af­ter the 2008 gen­eral elec­tion, Khalid’s ad­min­is­tra­tion had seized the land owned by Mu­jur Za­man and LBCN De­vel­op­ment as the com­pa­nies had breached the terms and con­di­tions un­der the Na­tional Land Code.

It was re­ported that the com­pa­nies did not meet cer­tain con­di­tions, in­clud­ing fail­ing to pay the land pre­mium; fail­ing to change the land’s sta­tus from agri­cul­tural land to res­i­den­tial land and fail­ing to pay the pre­mium to change the land sta­tus.

Both de­vel­op­ers sued the Se­lan­gor govern­ment at the High Court to ac­quire the land. On Oct 22, 2013, Khalid won the case.

“Mu­jur Za­man and LBCN De­vel­op­ment filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal. On Feb 17, 2014, the court ruled in favour of the Se­lan­gor govern­ment and the Se­lan­gor men­teri be­sar, re­sult­ing in the two com­pa­nies bring­ing their case to the Fed­eral Court.

“In 2014, when Azmin be­came men­teri be­sar, and be­fore the Fed­eral Court heard the case, Mu­jur Za­man, LBCN De­vel­op­ment and sev­eral other com­pa­nies struck an agree­ment with a com­pany to sell a 880ha piece of land at a price of RM1.18 bil­lion.

“On May 17, 2016, Azmin filed a con­sent set­tle­ment agree­ment at the Fed­eral Court. The fil­ing pro­posed a joint agree­ment be­tween the Se­lan­gor govern­ment, Mu­jur Za­man and LBCN De­vel­op­ment to set­tle the mat­ter.”

Rah­man said Azmin then de­cided to re­turn the land to Mu­jur Za­man and LBCN De­vel­op­ment with the manda­tory term in the con­sent agree­ment stat­ing that the land sale must be made to the afore­men­tioned com­pany.

“I’m won­der­ing if the for­mer di­rec­tor of the two com­pa­nies, Datuk Khairud­din Abu Has­san, who is a sup­porter of for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, had any in­flu­ence over Azmin’s de­ci­sion on this mat­ter,” Rah­man said.

He ques­tioned the re­cent com­pen­sa­tion is­sue where 980 set­tlers were given RM180,000 cash and a RM250,000 house each.

“Azmin an­nounced a com­pen­sa­tion value of RM421.4 mil­lion, but what hap­pened to the bal­ance of RM758.6 mil­lion.”

He also ques­tioned how the RM1.18 bil­lion sales rev­enue of the two com­pa­nies was be­ing spent.

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