KUALA LUMPUR: Former finance minister Daim Zainuddin today proposed turning the Bandar Malaysia project into a recreational park.
Daim then joked that one of the attractions at the park should be a museum for the handbags of Rosmah Mansor, wife of former prime minister Najib Razak.
“If I can, I would like to suggest that the airport (old Sungai Besi air force base) be turned into a park, so those in KL can use it to have picnics and other recreational purposes.
“After that, we can build a museum to place all the handbags belonging to Rosmah, for the whole world to see,” he said in a meeting with Titiwangsa constituents at the Sultan Sulaiman Club today.
Also present was Titiwangsa MP Rina Harun.
It was previously reported that police had confiscated 284 handbags, Hermes and Birkin brands among them, and 72 luggage bags containing cash and jewellery in an operation at three luxury apartments in Bukit Bintang here in May, as part of investigations linked to 1MDB.
Bandar Malaysia was to have been a major hub in the city, with stations for the Mass Rapid Transit 3 (MRT3) and the now deferred Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail.
The project, owned by 1MDB, was originally awarded to China Railway Engineering Corp (CREC) and its Malaysian partner, IWH, in December 2015 in a RM7.4 billion deal which some quarters claimed was to help raise funds to tackle 1MDB’s massive debt burden.
Daim had raised the issue of Bandar Malaysia when speaking on the improper sale of government land in Kuala Lumpur, done under the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration.
The sale of a total of 91 plots of land had been identified to be questionable transactions, and Daim said all of these transactions had been investigated and sent to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“Tomorrow MACC will meet me. Also, I have discussed with the federal territories minister on how we are going to take the land back. We are still discussing.
“If there are any offences, then MACC will take action,” he said.