SEPANG: Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) says it will lodge a report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on the state government’s transaction of a piece of land in Ijok this week.
Its information chief, Mohamed Satim Diman, said several settlers would also lodge a report to the anti-graft agency as the compensation that they received was not according to the latest market price.
He questioned the Selangor government’s action in returning the land to the companies, Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd and LBCN Development Sdn Bhd, which later sold it to third parties for RM1.18 billion, while the compensation received by the settlers only amounted to about RM420 million.
“It’s puzzling that the compensation paid to the settlers was based on the price determined in 2000,” he said.
“If they (the companies) could sell (the land) according to the market price, why was the compensation paid to the settlers not according to the market price?
“So there are questions as to what happened to the balance of the proceeds from the land sale, amounting to almost RM800 million,” Satim told reporters at the “Jelajah Kasih Negeriku Selangor” programme organised by Selangor BN at Ladang Fermanagh, Sungai Pelek, here today.
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali was earlier reported to have announced a compensation payment of RM180,000 in cash and a house worth RM250,000 to each of the 980 settlers, involving a total amount of RM421.4 million.
Last Wednesday, BN strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan had pressed Azmin to give a clarification on the swift action of the state government in handing over the land worth RM1.18 billion to the two companies concerned in 2016.
He questioned Azmin’s justification in not waiting for the case to be heard in the Federal Court as the decisions of the High Court and the Court of Appeal in 2013 and 2014 on the re-acquisition of the land from the two companies concerned had been in favour of the state government.
Meanwhile, Satim said a housing issue involving about 100 families at Ladang Fermanagh, Sungai Merbau and Sungai Rawang in the Tanjung Sepat state constituency would be addressed in the local manifesto of Selangor BN for the 14th general election (GE14).
“These are private pieces of land and the residents here cannot afford to buy houses according to the market price.
“If the state government wants to help them, buy the land for the development of affordable homes.”
He said the issue had been prolonged for the past 25 years and could not be resolved because of land ownership problems.