By FARA AISYAH / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
SkyWorld Development Group — one of the property developers alleged to be involved in Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) RM4.28 billion controversial land deals — has clarified that all the land parcels it purchased were through proper procedure with quotations done by the government’s valuation department.
SkyWorld group MD Datuk Ng Thien Phing said in a statement yesterday that all the land prices, premiums and charges related to the land parcels were also paid accordingly.
He said the company has also adhered to the conditions and terms that were pegged with the land purchases, including 50% of the development to be allocated for affordable housing.
He added that SkyWorld was offered five pieces of land by DBKL totalling 15.05 acre (6.1ha), or approximately 3.5% of land under the list, and the company is building more than what was required with a total 1,934 units of affordable homes on 8.55 acres of land (57% of the land offered).
“Of which, 1,226 units under SkyAwani 1 will be handed over this June and 708 units under SkyAwani 2 is targeted for early handover sometime in the second half of 2019,” Ng said.
He said SkyWorld was first approached in 2013 to collaborate with the government to fulfil the aim of building 80,000 affordable homes.
Although the property market was at its peak and most developers would not want to embark in developing affordable housing, Ng said SkyWorld sees it as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives — and hence, willingly undertook the affordable housing programme.
To recap, two DAP MPs filed an official complaint with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the sale of 64 land plots by DBKL to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan.
The transactions — believed to have happened between 2013 and 2018 — involved 64 plots, or 171.7ha, an area that could fit 63,450 cars.
One of the MPs, Lim Lip Eng, revealed the top three companies that had benefitted from the land deals.
He claimed that 92.02-acre, 70.14- acre and 8.32-acre plots of land were sold to three different firms respectively.
He claimed that the land deals were done without open tenders and were transacted below the market price.
SkyWorld noted that the company’s representatives have met with Lim over the matter, stating that the MP is not against the property development sector or any property developer in particular.
“They fully back entrepreneurs who support the government’s initiative in building affordable homes for the rakyat,” SkyWorld said.
The Malaysian Reserve previously reported Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz confirming that MACC commenced investigations into the land deals about three months ago