Lip Eng demands answers on KL land sale

DAP’s Kepong candidate Lim Lip Eng (centre) shows the written reply he received on his query on the sale of public land in KL.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP’s Kepong candidate Lim Lip Eng wants Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to provide a clear answer on the sale of public land in Kuala Lumpur since 2013.

Lim, who is the Segambut incumbent, said he had raised the matter in a written question to Tengku Adnan in Parliament but had only received the reply, which was mailed to his office, two days ago.

“According to the reply that I just received, 64 lots measuring 424.29 acres have been sold, amounting to RM4.28 billion.

“It also said that the lots of land were sold for the purpose of providing affordable homes as well as to provide a balance to the environment with mixed development projects.

“However, I have checked the land bills and as far as I can see, only half of the land was slated for public housing.

“The rest is more for projects like expensive condominiums and shoplots,” he said at the Kepong DAP general election operations centre.

Lim also asked if the sale of all 64 lots of land had gone through a public tender process.

He cited the example of Taman Metropolitan in Kepong, which is a popular family recreation park.

“In 2015, Tengku Adnan said the place had been gazetted for recreation but now, half of the land has been de-gazetted without proper procedure.”

Lim said Tengku Adnan should give a proper explanation before nomination day on April 28.

“I may consider filing 64 complaints with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission if the authorities fail to give an answer before nomination day.”

He said if Pakatan Harapan triumphed in the polls, it would take a closer look at the sale of the various lots of land.