Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng must clarify a contentious technical matter involving the Bayan Mutiara land sale, says state Umno Youth.
GEORGE TOWN: The Pakatan Rakyat state government violated the law when it sold the Bayan Mutiara land to Ivory Property Group Bhd (Ivory) without sub-dividing it, state Umno Youth wing alleged here today.
According to its chief Shaik Hussein Mydin, under the Town and Country Planning Act (TCPA) 1976, all land must be sub-divided according to an approved project plan before the land title can be transferred to the developer.
However, he said, the Penang government had failed to observe the rule in the Bayan Mutiara land deal.
As such, he said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s claim that the 41.6ha land had no sub-divisions when sold at RM240 per sq ft to Ivory, has clearly flouted the law.
Lim said that Ivory would do the sub-division of title after submission of new plans to local island council (MPPP) and the land office for approval.
Citing the law, Shaik Hussein, however, insisted that Lim should have sub-divided the land and handed over earmarked plots for a public school (six acres) and mosque (2.49 acres) to legitimate owners before selling it.
He said Lim should have transferred the land title of the plots to the Education Ministry (school) and the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Council (mosque).
“The chief minister should not have sold the earmarked sites to Ivory.
“He has violated the law. He is accountable for his unlawful action,” Shaik Hussein told a press conference at the state Umno headquarters here today.
He called on Lim to clarify the contentious technical matters, instead of confusing the public by adding a racist tone to the fiasco.
He said Lim was fast living up to his “confusing master” tag by twisting, twirling and turning technical questions raised by him into racial issues.
He said his government will expose Umno as a racist party that clearly does not want non-Muslim votes in the next general election.
“Umno has stoked fires of religious hatred against me as a non-Muslim leader by spreading dangerous lies that I have sold or caused mosque and school land to disappear,” Lim said in his latest blog posting on the fiasco.
Shaik Hussein rubbished Lim’s accusation and clarified that he was merely raising technical questions on why land plots alienated in 2006 for a public school and mosque were sold to Ivory.
“I’m not being racist here. I am asking why alienated plots of land for a public school and mosque have been sold.
“My argument is merely technical.
“But, being a confusing master, Lim has turned the issue into a racial controversy to confuse the public,” Shaik Hussein said.