Selangor strategic communications director Yin Shao Loong, “The two previous court decisions favoured the state administration, that was led by Khalid. But the state was still required to pay hundreds of millions of ringgit as compensation to the two companies and the bank that granted them the loans.”
Ijok land: Umno caught on back foot over settlement, says Azmin’s aide
PETALING JAYA: The Selangor government says Umno is now in “panic” mode over the Ijok land issue now that it has been revealed that Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali had solved the long-standing matter that he inherited from the previous administration.
Selangor strategic communications director Yin Shao Loong claimed Azmin’s decisive action had solved the Ijok land settlers’ 18-year dispute with the state government.
“The dispute started when Selangor was under the administration of Umno/BN and the settlers had to wait 18 years for justice.
“Azmin’s swift action helped to solve their woes, which is in line with the social justice principles and people-centric stance by the state government,” Yin said in a statement today.
The land in Ijok was initially given to a group of settlers in the state in 1998 by the then BN state government.
The settlers then agreed to allow two companies, Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd and LBCN Development Sdn Bhd, to develop the land in exchange for compensation and housing.
It was reported in 2015 that ECO World Development Group Bhd bought a 889.5ha parcel of land in the northwestern Klang Valley corridor for RM1.18 billion to develop three property projects, worth an estimated RM15 billion in gross development value.
“The dispute which Azmin inherited was settled by selling the land to a qualified developer for RM1.18 billion, which allowed the settlers to receive compensation and their houses,” Yin said.
He added that by settling the disputes, Azmin proved to have looked after the welfare of the settlers when announcing that each would receive RM180,000 in cash and houses, now worth at least RM400,000.
Yesterday, Barisan Nasional (BN) strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan had challenged Azmin to answer lingering questions on the Ijok land deal.
Among the questions was why Azmin withdrew a court case that was pending before it was mentioned in the Federal Court and why he allowed two companies, Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd and LBCN Development Sdn Bhd, to sell the land to a third party.
“Rahman’s questioning of the matter shows the leader is shallow in thinking and does not understand the background of the issue,” Yin said.
He also said that Azmin’s decisive action in solving the Ijok land issue proved how former Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim had taken “risks” in his actions on the same.
“The two previous court decisions favoured the state administration, that was led by Khalid. But the state was still required to pay hundreds of millions of ringgit as compensation to the two companies and the bank that granted them the loans.
“This shows that Khalid’s action came with high risk as it would affect the state’s finances,” Yin said.
Documents related to Ijok land issues now with MACC: Azmin
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government has handed over all documents related to the land issues in Ijok to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali…
He said the documents were handed over to the MACC a few months ago following reports lodged by several non-governmental organisations demanding for investigations to be carried out into the issues.
“The state government has given its full cooperation. Now let’s wait for the investigation findings,” he told reporters here today.
Mohamed Azmin said this in response to Barisan Nasional (BN) Strategic Communication director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s remark yesterday, urging the menteri besar to explain why the state government “hastily” returned the disputed land worth RM1.18 billion in Ijok to two housing developers.
Abdul Rahman said the action raised questions because both the High Court and Court of Appeal had, in 2013 and 2014 respectively, ruled that the land belonged to the Selangor government. — Bernama
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SHAH ALAM: Former Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (pic) has called for an investigation into the land deal in Ijok involving two developers and the state government.
“Why was the land that was seized by the state government when I was mentri besar, returned, and then sold to another party?” asked Khalid in a statement on Thursday (Feb 15).
His statement follows Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s press conference on the matter on Wednesday (Feb 14).
Rahman had said that current Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has to explain why the seized land was returned to the companies they were seized from.
RM1.18 bil land sale: Rahman slams Azmin over ‘middleman’ companies
CYBERJAYA: Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan has challenged Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to answer lingering questions on the Ijok land deal.
The land in Ijok was initially given to a group of settlers in the state in 1998.
The settlers then agreed to allow a few companies, including Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd and LBCN Development Sdn Bhd, to develop the land in exchange for compensation and housing.
The companies were then allowed by Azmin to sell the land to a public company for RM1.18 billion.
Rahman said the settlers only got their compensation a few days ago when Azmin announced that the state government had paid all 980 settlers RM180,000 and given them a house worth RM250,000 each.
Rahman, who is also a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, questioned why Azmin did not wait for the case to be heard in the Federal Court and instead withdrew the case although it would have favoured the state government.
“It was a stupid thing to do. Did the two companies force Azmin to allow them to sell the land?
“Azmin should know that the previous decisions from the High Court and Court of Appeal had favoured the state and the then menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. He, too, would have stood a good chance of winning the case in the Federal Court.
“What is his justification to hand over the land worth RM1.18 billion to the companies when the case was not even heard at the Federal Court yet? What was the rush to withdraw the case?
“If Azmin’s intention was to settle the compensation claims by the settlers, why didn’t he sell the land to a public company and use the RM1.18 billion to settle their compensation claims?
“Just a few days ago, Azmin announced payment of RM421 million to the 980 settlers. What happened to the balance of RM758.6 million?” he asked during a press conference here today.
Rahman also said MACC was already conducting an investigation into the matter as many reports had been lodged.
However, he declined to give further details.
“You can ask the details from MACC.”