Lim: Why no ac­tion over Perda land sale?

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) has been asked why no ac­tion was taken against the Pe­nang Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Perda) for sell­ing land be­low mar­ket price.

Chief Min­siter Lim Guan Eng posed the ques­tion af­ter the au­di­tor-gen­eral (AG) cited the case in its an­nual re­port re­leased on Mon­day.

He said the Fi­nance Min­istry val­u­a­tion for the land at Tok Kera­mat was over RM16.6 mil­lion but it was sold at RM1.42 mil­lion.

Lim, who had ex­posed the sale in March this year, pointed out there was no open ten­der nor cur­rent mar­ket val­u­a­tion for the sale as noted by the AG.

“The AG Re­port stated that the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the sale of land at a lower price was not sup­ported by a tech­ni­cal re­port,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day

He added an MACC re­port has been lodged by Pe­nang Health, Agri­cul­ture and Agrobased In­dus­tries, Ru­ral and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Dr Afif Ba­hardin.

Lim also pointed out the AG re­port re­vealed an­other sale of 5.8 acres of land in Sun­gai Baong be­low mar­ket val­u­a­tion by Perda.

He called upon Perda to ac­count for what hap­pened and for MACC to con­duct a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In the AG Re­port, Perda listed sev­eral rea­sons to sell the land in Tok Kera­mat at be­low the mar­ket price, in­clud­ing hav­ing no plans to de­velop the land, un­sta­ble soil con­di­tions, ex­piry of the plan­ning per­mis­sion, all risks borne by the buyer and pro­ceeds to go to buy­ing more land.

For the land in Sun­gai Baong, Perda also listed sev­eral rea­sons, in­clud­ing that the land was zoned for in­dus­trial use and only for the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for Perda to find a suit­able buyer and that pro­ceeds would go to buy­ing more land.

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