Sarawak DAP believes that land grabbing under Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s administration is ‘worse’ than those done under the previous administration.Adenan took over as chief minister from Abdul Taib Mahmud on February 28, 2014.
“In previous dubious land deals, at least the recipients of the land would have completed the projects before they received the state land as payment in kind.
“In the case of 267.15 acres of land at MJC Batu Kawah, which was alienated to Standard Parade Development Sdn Bhd (SPD), the company will receive the land even before it completes or incurs substantial cost in constructing the projects,” claimed Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen at a media conference this morning.
Such arrangement, he said, was a ‘double rip-off’ on the state government and the people of Sarawak.
Chong, who is the Bandar Kuching MP, pointed out that the state land alienated to SPD at 20 percent of market value incurred a loss of RM400 million potential revenue for the state.
Even the 20 percent amount was not paid before the lands were alienated to SPD, he added.
Adenan’s ‘clean governance’ questioned
“By the looks of it, it seems that the land-grabbing is worse under Adenan’s administration.
“Though Adenan has previously forbidden his direct family members from applying for state land, but it would be the same if he continues to allow BN cronies to get state land at only a fraction of the market price.
“This dubious land deal has thrown doubts onto Adenan’s statements about clean and good governance and the integrity of his whole administration,” he said.
Chong asked how a chief minister who advocated for clean and good governance allow such thing to happen right under his nose?
“If Adenan Satem does not stop this land deal, all his talk about clean and good governance will become hot air and mere window-dressing,” he said.
Chong urged the chief minister to walk the talk and act immediately on this dubious land deal.
Otherwise, the chief minister would disappoint all those who harboured hopes of reforms and change in the Sarawak government under his leadership, Chong said.
MACC called to investigate
Chong called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to carry out an investigation on the matter.
He said that if MACC wished to have any document on the land deal, he was prepared to furnish them all the documents in his possession, provided they must act on it and not pay lip service only.
Chong, who is also the Kota Sentosa assemblyperson, had asked the chief minister during the November 2014 state assembly sitting on the sale of 267.15 acres of land to Standard Parade Development Sdn Bhd at the below market value of RM115 million.
He had asked for the rationale for the sale of seven pieces of land – lot numbers 128, 5489, 5490, 5491, 2301, 2304 and 5279 – under Block 225 of the Kuching North Land District.
He claimed that anyone in the know about property market in Kuching would recognise that the market price for land in the area is in the region of RM2 million per acre.
For such a large parcel of land totalling 267.15 acres in that area, said Chong, the market price is around RM500 million.
Chong had also raised the issue with the former chief minister and was surprised to note the similarity of the reply when asked about state land being alienated to “BN crony companies” at way below market rates.
“The ultimate question now for Adenan is: Is Adenan continuing with the previous state government policy in alienating state land to BN cronies at only a small fraction of the prevailing market price?” Chong asked.
Source: Hornbill Unleashed