FT ministry to expose construction scandal next week

FT Minister Khalid Samad says Kuala Lumpur City Hall had issued notices to vacate the buildings built on government land.

SHAH ALAM: The Federal Territories ministry will next week reveal alleged irregularities and abuse of power in the construction of buildings on federal government land in Kuala Lumpur, Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said today.

He said a month ago, the ministry found that development orders had been approved for the construction of office buildings on government land.

“It is strange how buildings can be constructed on government land.

“I was informed that Kuala Lumpur City Hall had issued notices to vacate the buildings (that were built on government land).

“We will discuss with contractors whether the buildings will have to be torn down,” he told reporters after an interview with Sinar Harian here today.

Khalid said the development orders to undertake development on federal government land were not signed by the Kuala Lumpur mayor but by officers at the relevant departments.

On a separate matter, Khalid said the ministry would continue with the River of Life (RoL) project initiated by the previous administration to ensure the cleanliness of rivers in the federal capital.

He also said that the ministry would enhance the implementation of the project.

“We have to continue with it because RM3 billion has already been utilised (for the project),” he said.

Khalid also said that the ministry was drafting the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2040 which would focus on development based on the concept of public transportation.