KL Vertical City project: Felda told to take legal action

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KUALA LUMPUR: Felda has been instructed to take disciplinary and legal action against those who have been negligent in safeguarding the interests of the government agency and its investment wing, Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FICSB).

The Prime Minister’s Department said the forensic audit report conducted on the Kuala Lumpur Vertical City (KLVC) project showed that there was non-compliance with procurement procedures and negligence in safeguarding Felda’s interests.

“Felda has been instructed to take disciplinary and/or legal action against those named in the audit report who are found to have been negligent in performing their duties, misrepresenting and not safeguarding the interests of Felda and FICSB,” it said in a statement.

KLVC is a project being developed by Synergy Promenade Sdn Bhd (SPSB) on land belonging to Felda.

The statement said an audit firm appointed to conduct a forensic audit on the project had submitted a final report to the Prime Minister’s Department on Feb 2.

The Prime Minister’s Department then tabled the report to Prime Minister Najib Razak, as the minister responsible for Felda, on Feb 5.

“The prime minister agreed that a consultative council be set up to review the agreement between FICSB with SPSB and Synergy Promenade Kuala Lumpur Vertical City Sdn Bhd (SPKLVCSB),” it said.

Members of the committee comprise Yusof Ismail, from the finance ministry; Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director-general Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid; Felda general manager Ab Ghani Mohd Ali; deputy secretary-general at the Prime Minister’s Department Zainal Abidin Abu Hassan and Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS) director-general Ahmad Husni Hussain.

The Prime Minister’s Department said Najib also agreed to the setting up of a domestic enquiry committee to take action on suggestions and recommendations in the audit report.

According to the department, the audit which began on Jan 4 this year encompasses all the processes, beginning with the proposal on the KLVC development project, the project implementation and the Felda land title transfer issue.

A total of 240 documents at the Felda and FICSB offices, as well as the Federal Territory Land and Mines Office and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall were involved in the audit. Officers at the affected agencies were also interviewed.

The Prime Minister’s Department has studied the audit report and agreed, as well as accepted the report, the department said.

“Generally, the audit report has fulfilled the stipulated auditing objective and the government is satisfied with the report by the audit team,” said the department.

Meanwhile, Felda chairman Shahrir Abdul Samad said Felda would act promptly on the directive for action to be taken against those who were negligent in safeguarding its interests and that of its investment wing, FICSB.

He said Felda would hold a special meeting tonight, among others, to discuss the recommendations made by the audit team.

“The Felda board welcomes the directive for disciplinary and legal action to be taken against those who neglected their responsibility in safeguarding the interests of Felda and FICSB,” he said.

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