Rahman claims to have S&Ps on sale of Taman Manggis land

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KUALA LUMPUR: Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan has disclosed that he has two Sales and Purchase Agreement (S&P) documents relating to the land allocated for a hardcore poor housing project (PPRT) in Taman Manggis in Penang.

He claimed the two documents state how Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC), the private company that now owns the land, attempted to sell it to a third party for RM20 million.

“Both S&Ps are now in my hands, which were given to certain people and in this attempt to sell the land, the two S&P agreements are very detailed.

“Everything here states the seller was asking for RM20 million, meaning he bought at RM11 million and wanted to sell at RM20 million,” he said when winding-up the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

He said the two documents were new and he would not hesitate to hand them over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for investigations.

Abdul Rahman said the contents of the documents clearly showed KLIDC which bought the land from the state government was not interested in developing it.

“I will hand over (the S&P agreements) to MACC and the parties which gave this document to me, if need be will be called to give statements,” he said.

Elaborating further, Abdul Rahman said the documents also stated a payment of RM17 million which needed to be paid to four companies.

“The money trail is complex, so I assume that KLIDC which was given the chance to buy the land was not interested in building a medical centre.

“Later the state government sweetened the deal by allowing KLIDC to build a medical centre with mixed commercial lots plus a swimming pool,” he said.

According to Abdul Rahman, the 4.937 acre land in Taman Manggis was allocated for PPRT construction in which 2.872 acres had been developed while the remaining area should be for the development of the same project under phase two.

However, the remaining land was sold to KLIDC which initially planned to build to private medical centre but changed the plan into one containing a private medical centre with commercial lots, he said.

-BERNAMA