KUALA LUMPUR: A former City Hall (DBKL) officer told the High Court in former minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s RM2 million corruption trial that the city council had initially rejected a developer’s plan to buy two plots of land to build affordable houses.
Kamariah Ibrahim, who was the director of DBKL’s Economic Planning and Development Department, said the then mayor, Ahmad Phesal Talib, had refused to sell the land because DBKL wanted to build a staff hostel in Bandar Tun Razak.
“We thought it was not suitable to sell the land as it was not cheap when we first purchased them,” she said, when asked by deputy public prosecutor Haderiah Siri on why DBKL rejected Aset Kayamas’ offer.
Kamariah added that after Phesal rejected Aset Kayamas’ application on April 3, 2015, two more meetings were held.
She said at both meetings, attended by DBKL senior officers and Tengku Adnan, the council decided to sell the two plots of land after Aset Kayamas agreed to build the hostel along with the affodable housing project.
Kamariah said she was not satisfied that only a small portion of the land sold to Aset Kayamas would be allocated for the DBKL hostel.
She said most private entities will submit their applications to buy DBKL land to the Federal Territories minister, adding that ”the minister has his agenda”.
To that, Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Tan Hock Chuan objected to Kamariah’s answer and said it was hearsay evidence.
High Court judge Zaini Mazlan warned Kamariah that she should not give her personal opinions when answering questions posed to her.
The hearing continues tomorrow.
Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, has been accused of receiving RM2 million from Aset Kayamas’ Chai Kin Kong despite knowing that the businessman’s companies had dealings with the federal territories ministry, which was under him at the time.
The offence was allegedly committed at the Pusat Bandar Damansara CIMB bank branch here on June 14, 2016.
The charge was framed under Section 165 of the Penal Code, under which it is an offence for a public servant to obtain anything valuable.
Those found guilty can be jailed for up to two years and fined.