Thursday, March 17, 2016

Barisan MP wants Guan Eng probed over land sale

A Barisan Nasional MP wants Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to be investigated over the sale of a plot of state land originally allocated for low-cost housing projects.

Datuk Shabudin Yahaya (BN – Tasek Gelugor) claimed in the Dewan Rakyat that Lim, also Bagan MP, could be “directly or indirectly involved” in the sale of the land which was meant for low-cost houses to be rented out at RM100 a month for the hardcore poor.

“I was disappointed when I found out about this from sources. The land was sold by tender and is now slated for the building of a private hospital and a hotel suite,” Shabudin said during a debate on the Royal Address.

Shabudin also claimed that the sale of the land was linked to the purchase of a residential property in Georgetown by Lim on Oct 15 last year.

"Lim had rented a house owned by a Phang Li Koon, which he rented out for RM5,000 a month for seven years before buying it last year.

"At the time he rented the house it was worth RM2.5mil, but when he bought it after renovations and such, the house was sold to him for a mere RM2.8mil. How is that possible?” he said.

Shabudin alleged that the sale of land was carried out by a company owned by a person with connections to the house allegedly bought by Lim.

"Does the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry know of this? And did it have a discussion with the state government to allocate new plots of land as substitute for the one that was sold?

"I hope the ministry and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) do a thorough investigation into the matter,” he said.

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