They also name five oth­ers in suit for ne­glect­ing to re­struc­ture con­sent judg­ment

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THE Ijok land is­sue saw a new de­vel­op­ment yes­ter­day af­ter 113 settlers un­der Phase 2 and 3 of the Selangor gov­ern­ment’s Green Rev­o­lu­tion Plan filed a suit.

Their suit is against Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and five oth­ers for ne­glect­ing to re­struc­ture the con­sent judg­ment in­volv­ing the Bukit Cer­akah land recorded at the Fed­eral Court.

The settlers, led by Mohd Fadzil Ibrahim, also named the state gov­ern­ment, Menteri Be­sar In­cor­po­rated (MBI), the Selangor Land and Mines di­rec­tor, the Kuala Selangor dis­trict land ad­min­is­tra­tor and the Selangor Regis­trar of Ti­tles as de­fen­dants.

The suit was filed through le­gal firm Messrs Ka­marudin & Part­ners at the Shah Alam Court Com­plex here, Ber­nama re­ported.

In the state­ment of claim, the plain­tiffs said, among oth­ers, they did not agree and were not in­formed on the con­tents and terms of a con­sent or­der be­tween the Selangor gov­ern­ment and three de­vel­op­ers— Mu­jur Za­man Sdn Bhd (MZSB), Liputan Cang­gih Sdn Bhd (LCSB) and LBCN De­vel­op­ment Sdn Bhd — that was recorded by the Fed­eral Court in 2016.

They claimed that un­der the con­sent or­der, Azmin and the Selangor gov­ern­ment had al­lowed MZSB and LCSB to hold on to the 800ha land that was stated in three sales and pur­chase agree­ments signed be­tween the two com­pa­nies and Paragon Pin­na­cle Sdn Bhd.

Through the three agree­ments, dated Sept 22, 2015, MZSB and LCSB sold the land, lo­cated in Mukim Ijok, to Paragon Pin­na­cle for RM943,791,639.

The plain­tiffs said the con­sent or­der did not cover the re­main­ing 400ha of the 1,200ha land in Bukit Cer­akah, which was given by the pre­vi­ous Barisan Na­sional state gov­ern­ment to them and 987 other settlers un­der Phase 2 and 3 of the Bukit Cer­akah Green Rev­o­lu­tion Plan in 1998.

They said the state gov­ern­ment had trans­ferred the re­main­ing 400ha, with­out con­sid­er­a­tion, to MBI and the in­for­ma­tion was con­tained in the MBI records and the state Regis­trar of Ti­tles.

The plain­tiffs are claim­ing their rights on the re­main­ing 400ha land in Bukit Cer­akah that is be­ing held by MBI on grounds that the agree­ment they signed with MZSB and LCSB in 2000 was only for the two com­pa­nies to de­velop the land.

The plain­tiffs claimed that Azmin, to­gether with the state gov­ern­ment and MBI, had com­mit­ted “tort mis­fea­sance” by ac­quir­ing the 400ha site of the to­tal land size in Bukit Cer­akah with­out pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion to the plain­tiffs.

The plain­tiffs are seek­ing a court or­der to com­pel the state gov­ern­ment and MBI to de­clare that they and other settlers of Phase 2 and 3 of the Bukit Cer­akah Green Rev­o­lu­tion have rights over the 400ha site, which had been regis­tered un­der MBI and a dec­la­ra­tion that state gov­ern­ment and MBI were just the trustees. They are also seek­ing an or­der to pre­vent the state gov­ern­ment and MBI from hav­ing any deal­ing with the land, in­ter­ests and dam­ages of RM230,000 for each plain­tiff over the de­lay in hand­ing over the dou­ble-storey ter­race houses, as well as other re­lief deemed fit by the court.

In Kuch­ing, it was re­ported that the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) has con­ducted foren­sic au­dit on five com­pa­nies’ ac­counts re­lated to the Ijok land deal, in­volv­ing a 880ha plot of land.

MACC Deputy Chief Com­mis­sioner (op­er­a­tions) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the agency was iden­ti­fy­ing sus­pi­cious trans­ac­tions made in the ac­counts.

He said in­di­vid­u­als in­volved di­rectly with the com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing the di­rec­tors and ac­coun­tants, had been called to give their state­ments.

“Al­though there has been no ar­rest thus far, we are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing and go­ing through the doc­u­ments seized. Our in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers need more time to study the doc­u­ments as it in­volves le­gal is­sues as well as the court’s de­ci­sions,” he said af­ter the hand-over-of-du­ties cer­e­mony of Sarawak MACC act­ing di­rec­tor Zul­hairy Zaidel to Razim Mohd Noor, as the state di­rec­tor.

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