I can’t reveal details of MACC’s probe, Khalid tells C4

Khalid Samad, while officiating the Plaza Arkadia Mall in Desa Park City in KL, says all future land transactions by DBKL will be done via open tenders.

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said he could not reveal details of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s probe into shady land deals by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

He said he does not have the authority to do so.

“Cynthia has to understand that the MACC does not come under my ministry’s purview,” he said, referring to Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) executive director Cynthia Gabriel.

“If she wants the MACC report, she has to ask them, not me.”

Khalid was speaking to reporters after officiating the Plaza Arkadia Mall in Desa Park City here this morning.

Cynthia, a few days ago, had called on Khalid’s ministry to disclose the outcome of the anti-graft agency’s investigation into the matter.

She made the call after Khalid last week announced that 23 transactions had been successfully renegotiated to increase government returns by RM149 million, as well as the repossession of land worth RM113.9 million.

MACC, meanwhile, had cleared 48 of the 64 plots of land from allegations of corruption.

Khalid also explained that the investigations conducted by his ministry and that of MACC, focused on different aspects.

He said his ministry probed the deals from a commercial perspective while MACC looked into misappropriation and corruption.

Khalid also said the recent renegotiations carried out will not affect MACC’s investigations into the sale of land to developers by City Hall.

However, future transactions, he said, would be done via open tenders.

“Previously, it was done through direct negotiations.”