The area was previously a playground and open space but is now replaced with a six-storey office building and a fruit stall.
18 January 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: The owner of the controversial building built on two plots of government land in Medan Imbi, Bukit Bintang here has been identified as Willowcrest Management Sdn Bhd, a company linked to businessman Datuk Seri Tee Yam @ Koo Tee Yam.
A search on the Companies Commission Malaysia (SSM) website showed that Willowcrest is 99%-owned by Tee Yam, while the remaining 1% is held by Eco Habitat Sdn Bhd.
The shareholders of Eco Habitat are Tee Yam (90%), with Wong Siaw Puie and Ameera Encee Koo Abdullah owning 5% each.
On Wednesday, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad questioned how a development order had been issued to two properties — one an office building “which looks like a six-star hotel” and the other a restaurant — in Medan Imbi when the land did not belong to either the company or Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
This follows an internal investigation by the integrity unit of DBKL, which revealed that both pieces of land measuring 0.14ha on Lot 568 and Lot 716 belonged to the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office.
The minister was also reported as saying that the owner of the two properties has until the end of the month to come forward.
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 17): Political party DAP has called on Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad to not give the company constructing the “controversial” six-storey building in Medan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, the opportunity to purchase the land, reported The Star today.
This is because an internal probe carried out by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) revealed that the building is being developed on “two lots of land belonging to the government”.
DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai said “I don’t think the minister’s decision [in giving the option] is right, to let the owner of the building to buy over the land, which is supposed to be a park,” reported the English daily.
Tan said the lands can be returned to the authorities and made into a recreational park, which was the original plan.
He also suggested that the building can be left as it is to “serve as a reminder for future generations on the ramifications of power abuse”.
Tan queried about the “approvals” given for the construction of the building: “How did it get all the approvals for building laws and bylaws? If not, can the building continue to exist?”
Tan is also Malaysia Special Envoy to China.
It was reported yesterday that the owner of the building has been given an “ultimatum” to buy the land “or the title will revert to the rightful owners”.
“The owner has until the end of the month to contact us and suggest a solution.
“If there is no response, we assume that the owners are not interested in the buildings and the land owners can proceed to reclaim their properties,” Khalid said yesterday.
The two plots of land concerned are Lot 568 and Lot 716, with a combined space of 0.145ha and an estimated value of RM20 million.
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 17): The owner of the building constructed on two lots of Government land in Medan Imbi, Bukit Bintang here still faces investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) despite being charged and having paid the fine.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the owner has been given until the end of the month to come forward and give an explanation before further action is taken.
“Whatever fines and fees paid or payable will not excuse the owner of the building from any form of investigation by the MACC,” he told reporters after launching the campaign to fly the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur flag at the lobby of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), here, today.