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Kit Siang demands MB action on Johor land scandal

 | February 28, 2017

Khaled Nordin must state measures to ensure corruption involving conversion of land from Bumiputera to non-Bumiputera status does not recur, says DAP supremo.

limkitsiang-khalidnordinPETALING JAYA: Following the recent arrest of six people over a “multi-billion ringgit” corruption in land transactions in Johor, Lim Kit Siang wants Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin to explain how he will strengthen anti-corruption efforts in the state.

Referring to the case where the son and special officer to a senior Johor exco member were among those detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last Friday, the DAP parliamentary leader said Khaled should give a comprehensive statement on what anti-corruption initiatives his administration has taken since the arrests were made.

“I call on him to address this ‘political earthquake’ in Johor. Khaled should know that inaction is no option for a responsible Johor state government committed to integrity, good governance and the eradication of corruption.

“Whether the MACC charges against the six can succeed in securing conviction in court is separate from the issue as to what the state government is doing to tighten up rules and procedures to ensure that such corrupt malpractices cannot take place,” Lim said.

The Gelang Patah MP was referring to the case of MACC seizing 21 luxury cars, five high-performance motorcycles and RM500,000 in cash, following the arrest of the six individuals.

Those detained included Ahmad Fauzan Hatim Abd Latif, the eldest son of Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Abd Latif Bandi, and his special officer Muhammad Idzuan Jamalludin.

Aside from the cars, bikes and cash, MACC also froze 45 bank accounts with over RM15.5 million in them.

MACC said all the suspects were believed to have played a part in the reduction of premium for land approved for housing and industrial projects, as well as the conversion of various premises in Johor from Bumiputera to non-Bumiputera status.

Lim, who also welcomed Khaled’s visit to his Gelang Patah constituency tomorrow, said the MB would have been informed well in advance by MACC of its investigations into the “massive real-estate corruption in Johor and intention to arrest the six persons involved”.

“That’s why all Johoreans and Malaysians expect Khaled to be pro-active in the fight against corruption.

“During his visit, he should announce a comprehensive set of anti-corruption initiatives not only to ensure that corruption in real-estate transactions could not recur, but even more important, to take a wider scope of ensuring that Johor will become one of the top states in terms of integrity and incorruptibility of the public service,” Lim said, adding that Khaled should emulate the first and fourth presidents of Umno who hailed from the state, namely Onn Jaffar and his son Hussein Onn.

Johor MB leaves it to MACC to probe corruption


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