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DAP blasts BN’s dirt cheap land grab

 | November 22, 2012

The party was also annoyed at Umno which seemed to think that taking the land was for the greater good.

PETALING JAYA: DAP has asked how the previous Barisan Nasional-led Selangor government was able to buy 33.5 acres (1,459,620 sq ft) of land for RM1 per square foot.

Citing a recent expose at the Selangor state legislative assembly, DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua attacked the dirt-cheap transactions where at least 24 pieces of land were supposedly bought between 2000 and  2008.

“What is perhaps more surprising is that such information was somehow kept under wraps for such a long time after they [BN] lost their hold on power,” he said.

DAP-Sekinchan assemblyman, Ng Suee Lim, had revealed on Tuesday that the land, which could be found in seven Selangor districts, was divided among Umno, MCA, MIC and Gerakan.

He alleged that the land was also “high-value” commercial land, and that it would be developed before being sold at much higher prices.

Umno-Kuang assemblyman Abdul Shukor Idrus had defended the land takeover, which he claimed was used to build public amenities such as halls and kindergartens.

“Umno is the people, and it represents 400,000 Selangorians who paid their taxes…This is not for individuals but for a large organisation. Why can’t Umno use funds to build public halls for the community?” he had said.

These words incensed Pua, who attacked Abdul Shukor for regarding state land as free for Umno to use. He then challenged Selangor Umno chief and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to not only put an end to land grab exercises, but also return any cheaply-taken land back to the state.

Speaking to FMT, Ng said that he came across the land after coming across two pieces of land that were supposedly grabbed by Umno’s Tanjung Karang division, where Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Noh Omar is an MP.

He also intended to meet with Selangor state government and private valuers to determine the actual price of the land that was supposedly grabbed.

After this, Ng said that he would either lodge a report with the police or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).


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