Dubious land deals: City Hall recovers RM149 mil

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad says 20 land deals have been submitted to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for further investigations.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has recovered a total of RM149 million through renegotiation of 16 of its 23 dubious land deals involving a total area of 104ha, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.

He said apart from that, another 5.04ha of land worth RM113.8 million had also been returned to DBKL.

“These were the result of renegotiations over 16 transactions, involving 21.84ha of land. The buyers agreed to pay according to market price.”

He said the renegotiations were carried out by a special committee set up to probe the dubious land transactions carried out by the previous government that had allegedly sold the land below market price.

Khalid said apart from the 16 successfully renegotiated deals, three other transactions needed revaluation from the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH). Another three failed to reach an agreement and one more transaction would involve further discussions with lawyers.

In total, 97 dubious deals involving the sale of DBKL-owned land worth RM5.63 billion were investigated.

Of these, 23 were renegotiated, 10 were terminated, one land deal was brought to court and 43 deals will proceed.

Another 20 more land deals were submitted to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for further investigation.

In another development, Khalid said 120 tahfiz centres had been registered under DBKL and the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi).

“We believe there are still others which have not registered and they have until Dec 31 to do so,” he said.