8 September 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should act speedily in its probe of the allegedly dubious sale of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) land to avoid the potential of evidence being destroyed, Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh said today.
Yeoh said the public were keen to have the latest updates from MACC, following a May 16 report that she lodged together with Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng to urge for a probe on the sale of 64 plots of DBKL land to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) during the 2014-2018 period and the development in Taman Rimba Kiara.
“MACC should have started investigations and taking action against the individual named in that report so that MACC is not seen as trying to protect those involved,” she said in a statement today.
Yeoh said that Kuala Lumpur voters had the right to know if any ongoing investigation by MACC on the matter involves other individuals linked to YWP, adding that the anti-graft body should also focus its probe on the issuance of development orders for uncontrolled and unplanned development without plans for traffic management.
“The allegation of abuse of power towards a former minister is something very serious, MACC should act fast and not slow down the investigation process to the extent that evidence could be destroyed,” she said, adding that the MACC was duty-bound to provide updates from time to time on such public interest cases.
She then urged the MACC to immediately provide feedback on the case and also urged that the commission carries out holistic reforms to improve its image in the eyes of the public.
18 July 2018
The MACC has narrowed its probe to 16 plots of land belonging to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) that had allegedly been sold without open tender during the tenure of former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
This is down from the 64 plots MACC was previously scrutinising.
According to Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, the latest development was relayed to him by Kuala Lumpur mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.
“As of last week, 48 plots have been cleared by the MACC.
“They have cleared DBKL of all wrongdoing… even though the plots were sold without an open tender and at below the market prices.
“With the (remaining) 16, there are some issues with their land titles and payments – 10 of which have not been paid in full and their land titles have not been transferred (to the buyers) yet,” Lim told Malaysiakini when contacted yesterday.
The DAP lawmaker added that these 10 plots amounted to some 118 acres with a total selling price of RM1.6 billion.
Malaysiakini is contacting the MACC for further comment.
7 June 2018
“There’s a developer who got 16 out of 64 plots of land, and there is a huge scandal behind it. The one who approved the land deals was former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri
@TengkuAdnanReal, so he is the prime suspect.” ~ @staronline
DBKL confirms MACC took documents related to land sale
KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) executive director (planning) Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd has confirmed that the documents seized by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday was related to the probe on the sale of 64 parcels of land by the council.
He said the documents were taken from the Economic Planning and Development Department (JPEP), which was responsible for handling land privatisation projects.
“The investigation is ongoing and MACC has visited us repeatedly.
“We are transparent about it,” Najib said, during a press conference held by Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng to address several community issues at the Taman Metropolitan Park, Kepong.
He clarified that the visit by MACC was not considered a raid, as the anti-graft agency had only taken documents for investigations.
“There was a report lodged on the land deals, and the MACC is taking necessary actions.
“DBKL officers were also questioned over the land deals,” Najib said, adding he was not sure about the numbers of officers who had been called in for questioning.
When reporters asked him about whether DBKL was aware that the land deals were made without an open tender, he said only they followed procedures.
“We sell the land; we surely know about it.
“The process was in accordance with the procedures we had in place while putting up land for sale,” Najib added.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/06/06/dbkl-confirms-macc-took-documents-related-to-land-sale/#hbud2VvafcaE77et.99
5 June 2018
DBKL offices raided over RM4.3 billion land sale
THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today raided Kuala Lumpur City Hall headquarters, Menara DBKL, and seized documents in connection with the sale of 64 lots of DBKL land worth RM4.28 billion.
A source said the commission began its probe into the cases last month and that the seizure of the documents was to facilitate the investigation.
“Among the seized documents were those from the Economic Planning and Development Department,” said the source.
The documents were then taken to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya .
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng lodged a report with the commission on May 16 claiming that DBKL sold the 64 lots of land, involving 171.7ha, without any open tender to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan between 2013 and this year.
Former Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was accused of approving the sale. – Bernama, June 5, 2018.
MACC raids DBKL, seizes documents
The MACC raided the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) today and seized eight trolleys of documents.
Several MACC officials arrived at DBKL at 2pm and left around 4pm, as reported by Malay Mail.
However, when asked, they only said they were there to get documents and declined to comment further.
Yesterday, KL mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said DBKL has scrapped 10 projects with an estimated value of RM1 billion.
When contacted about the raid today, Amin only said DBKL would provide their cooperation to MACC.
30 May 2018
Following a report by Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, the MACC has begun investigating Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) over the sale of 64 plots of state land during the tenure of former Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
In a meeting with Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory MPs this morning, Lim said KL mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz had updated them about the latest developments of the investigation.
“According to the mayor, the MACC has been coming (to DBKL) every day to conduct investigations.
“They came yesterday and today to take documents regarding the 64 plots of land sold when Tengku Adnan was the minister,” he told a press conference at the DBKL headquarters after the meeting.
Lim previously alleged that the 64 plots, valued at some RM4.28 billion, were sold to private developers without open tender between 2013 to 2018.
He also claimed that some of the lots had been transferred to a foundation called Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan before they were sold. Tengku Adnan was the former chairperson of the foundation.
Tengku Adnan, who is Putrajaya MP and Umno secretary-general, previously denied any misconduct in the land deals in question.
“The issue of these lands is a long-standing issue and no corruption is involved…we were doing it according to the proposal and we didn’t sell the lands instantly,” he had told Malaysiakini.
Former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has denied the accusation against him that he transferred plots of state land to private developers.
When contacted, Tengku Adnan told Malaysiakini: “The issue of these lands is a long-standing issue and no corruption is involved.”
He has been accused of illegally transferring 64 plots of land in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur to the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, which he previously chaired, and was also accused of selling some of these lands to private developers for commercial developments.
Tengku Adnan said: “We are doing it according to the proposal, and we didn’t sell the lands instantly.”
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng and four residents from the Protect Taman Desa Coalition in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) lodged a report against Tengku Adnan with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) two days ago.
Responding to the report by Lim and the residents, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Mayor Amin Nordin said: “These 64 lots were sold to private developers have already been reported to MACC and the National Audit Department last year.”
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng today lodged a complaint with MACC against former Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor over the alleged sales of 64 plots of state land involving some RM4.28 billion, between 2013 and 2018.
According to reports, Lim alleged that the transactions, comprising public housing under Rumah Wilayah Persekutuan (Rumah WIP) and high-end residential developments, were done without open tenders and below market price.
“Some state land belonging to DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall), were transferred to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, of which Tengku Adnan was the chairperson,” he said.
According to four members of the Protect Taman Desa Coalition, who filed the complaint with Lim, two parcels of state lands in their neighbourhood have been sold to private developers – not to develop affordable public housing, but to build a commercial complex.