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Let’s debate, Mohan tells Jayakumar

 | May 22, 2012

MIC wants the Pakatan government in Selangor to disclose details of the sales and purchase agreement involving the Midlands Tamil school's original land site.

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC has a bone to pick with Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar over the Midlands Tamil school issue and wants a public debate which it hopes will bring forth details of the deal inked between the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government and I-City Bhd.

Challenging Jayakumar today, MIC Youth chief T Mohan said: “Xavier (Jayakumar) must come forward to clear the air. The issue is of public interest now.

“I’m challenging him to debate the issue. He must reveal details of the sales and purchase agreement (of the Midlands school land).”

Mohan was responding to reports of a joint-hunger strike by the school’s old-boys and local NGOs who accused the state government of witholding millions of ringgit from the sale of the land on which the school was originally sited.

The matter was recently brought to light when Klang Consumer Association president A Devadass questioned the ‘deal’.

According to Devadass, in 1995 the previous Barisan Nasional state government had agreed to allocate, to the Midlands Tamil school, four acres of land in Section 7, Shah Alam, where the I-City is now located.

Then, in 2008 after Pakatan took over the Selangor government, I-City developers who had already secured the surrounding areas in Midlands Estate offered to buy the gazetted land from the government.

The state government agreed to the deal. The school was given RM3 million as compensation by the I-City developer as opposed to the total value of the land. The land parcel was said to be worth more than RM20 million.

Since the matter came to light, MIC and local NGOs have been urging Jayakumar to expose details of the agreement.

“The original land was gazetted under the Midlands Tamil school. So, the total amount should be channeled to the school and not to state government treasury,” said Mohan.

Five memorandums

He said that thus far more than five memorandums on the issue have been submitted to Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Jayakumar.

“Both Khalid and Xavier (Jayakumar) are still silent on the issue. There is something not right with state government,” Mohan said.

Mohan’s challenge to Jayakumar is the second time MIC has engaged the opposition.

On June 3, MIC vice-president M Saravanan will take on PKR MP R Sivarasa (Subang) over the Effingham Tamil school issue.

The school is located in Bandar Utama, Damansara. Accusations of a land grab first surfaced in 2008 after former students and residents claimed that the developer of Bandar Utama had allocated six acres of land for the school in 1999.

MIC, however, countered this claim. According to them the school was only allocated three acres and balance belonged to the party.


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