PJ land sale: Chew threatens to sue Yeo, demands apology


KUALA LUMPUR: MCA vice-president Chew Mei Fun has threatened to take legal action against DAP’s Yeo Bee Yin for alleging that Selangor MCA had purchased a plot of land in Petaling Jaya at below the market price.

Chew was referring to a press conference organised by DAP recently over the issue of the sale of a piece of land in SS25 while she was Petaling Jaya Utara MP, with the land being in her constituency.

The land was purchased in 2008, prior to the general election in March 2008. Chew lost her seat to DAP’s Tony Pua.

Aside from taking legal action against Yeo, who is Damansara Utama state assemblyperson, Chew has also instructed her lawyers to stop Pua from “repeating his lies” against her on the issue.

Pua had said Selangor MCA had bought a 0.4 ha piece of state reserve land in 2008 for RM1 per square foot instead of the market price of RM400 psf.

“I had hoped Yeo and DAP would come to their senses on what is fact and fiction and what is true and false.

“I was hoping they would have a good conscience and not go overboard in defaming me or maliciously attacking my integrity,” Chew told reporters during a press conference at Wisma MCA here today.

Chew claimed that in a video clip of the press conference, now available online, Yeo had intentionally and maliciously uttered defamatory statements against her.

“The legal letter demands that this video be removed and an apology be issued,” she said.

Chew said Yeo had depicted her as being unfit to hold office, and that she was unethical and untrustworthy.

“Yeo’s comments also suggest that I have abused my authority while holding public office and am corrupt. The statements are totally uncalled for.”

Chew clarified that she had not been part of the district land committee or a member of the Selangor state exco at the time the purchase was approved.

“Therefore, I did not take part in any decision by the Selangor state government at the time,” Chew said.

She further said MPs do not deal with land issues as they only sit in the district development committees which look at federal projects in the constituencies.

Pua had claimed that Chew was in the district-level land committee which oversees land issues.

He claimed the committee involves the MP, state assemblyperson and the district office.

Pua, who is DAP national publicity secretary, had said that when Pakatan Rakyat came to power in 2008, it had removed such committees so that MPs and state assemblymen did not have a say in the land dealings.

Chew was PJ Utara MP from 1999 to 2008.

When contacted, Yeo confirmed that she had received a legal letter from Chew and would be issuing a statement soon.