DAP MP questions land deals by FT ministry’s welfare arm

Lim Lip Eng (left) in a news conference at his service centre. On his left is his political secretary Yew Jia Haur (in spectacles).

KUALA LUMPUR: Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has questioned the transfer and sale of 19 pieces of state-owned land in the city involving Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, which he describes as “abnormal”.

“Yayasan is well known as the welfare arm of the federal territories ministry. How can it be involved in the land sale business?” he said at a news conference today.

He said he would lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the deals which took place during the Barisan Nasional administration.

Lim said the authorities should investigate the “abnormal” practice of transferring and selling land by the foundation.

He also questioned whether the land was sold at market prices.

Lim urged the government to enter a caveat on the land, pending the authorities’ investigation of the deals.

“I will write to (Federal Territories) Minister Khalid Samad to freeze any transactions related to the land,” he added.

He also said he had obtained information from the Federal Territories Land Office on seven plots of land owned by the foundation through a retired land and mines officer.

Previously, Lim claimed that a total of 171 hectares of land in the city had been gradually sold off since 2013 at a cost of RM4.28 billion.

He demanded that former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor explain the sale of public land in the city after he took over the ministry in 2013.

The land was sold for the purpose of building affordable homes but only half of it was used for that purpose, he said.

Khalid had confirmed MACC was looking into the sale of 64 pieces of land to developers.

MACC also raided the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and seized documents related to the sale.