Azmin stresses external forensic audit on Felda


Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (picture) yesterday told the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), which is currently embroiled in a land deal scandal, that “it needs an external forensic audit to get to the bottom of this”.

However, it is not sure if the minister was referring to the land deal during his meeting with the authority yesterday.

“I was briefed this morning by Felda DG Datuk Ab Ghani Mohd Ali on Felda’s management and financial status,” he tweeted yesterday.

It was reported on Dec 21, 2017, that Felda was at risk of losing its rights to strategic land along Jalan Semarak, estimated to be worth RM200 million, as a result of four allegedly dubious sale and purchase transactions.

The land transfer was believed to have occurred when Felda Investment Corp Sdn Bhd gave full power of attorney to a local company, which was appointed the main developer of the land on June 3, 2014.

In March 2018, Felda regained possession of all the 16 plots of land along Jalan Semarak.