New Straits Times

‘Compensati­on based on rate 18 years ago’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Various parties are questionin­g the justificat­ion made by the Selangor government to return 800ha of land it seized from two developers following breaches under the National Land Code.

Also under scrutiny was the move to fix a compensati­on rate made 18 years ago at RM3.12 per square foot, and not based on the current market price, which is RM65 per square foot.

Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim (BN-Kuala Selangor), in raising the matter while debating the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech, called for the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry to provide the assembly a clarificat­ion on the alleged scandal involving the RM1.81 billion land.

“It is all the more disappoint­ing when the two companies (each) receive RM12.34 per square. Hence, where is the justice, a cause supposed to be championed by the opposition?”

Irmohizam also questioned the state government’s failure to execute an open tender concerning the land.

“If an open tender was carried out (to sell the land), what would be the price received by the government?”

He also questioned the government’s failure to return all 1,200ha of the land to the companies.

Irmohizam said only 800ha were returned, while the remaining 400ha were taken by the government.

Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had urged the authoritie­s to probe the matter where land lawfully seized by the Selangor government was returned to the two companies in 2009.

The land was eventually sold off to another company.

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