MCA veterans unhappy with ‘secrecy’ over tower project

Yap Pian Hon (left) demands details of a plan to redevelop Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: MCA’s plan to redevelop its building in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur city has met with protests from its veteran leaders, who say the party has not been fortright with members over the project.

One of them, former vice-president Yap Pian Hon, said they had only been informed through the media about the plan to construct two buildings including a 70-storey tower at its present headquarters on Jalan Ampang.

“We have checked with the central council but they do not know about this. We have asked around but nobody can give us an answer,” Yap told reporters today.

“How do they finance the buildings and where is the money coming from?” he asked.

Early last month, Edge Property reported that Wisma MCA on Jalan Ampang would make way for a 23-storey headquarters and a 70-storey tower, and that the plan was approved by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall in August.

The report said the development would include a tower with an eight-storey basement carpark, a 328-room hotel occupying 24 floors, and a two-storey sky lounge and restaurant on the 68th and 69th floors, at the gross development value of RM1 billion.

Yap questioned why there had been no meeting to inform the members of the plan.

“We are calling for the president, Liow Tiong Lai, to provide us an answer. This is affecting MCA’s image. All of us deserve to know what is happening.”

Former Selangor MCA chairman Theng Book meanwhile said his attempts to get more information about the project were in vain.

“I have done my research and it contradicts the report by media.

“At least, the central committee must know about this.”

He said the leadership should provide the feasibility study, costs and marketability of the project.

“We need to know because this is MCA’s asset and we want to know who will finance the building as well,” he said, adding that candidates contesting for the president’s post should make a firm stand on the matter.