I had nothing to do with the approvals for sales of land in the FT during my term as minister, says Tengku Adnan
By P PREM KUMAR & ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
Former Federal Territories (FT) Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (picture) revealed that he had been summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) 12 times in relation to investigations on Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) land transactions that took place during the previous government’s administration.
Tengku Adnan told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday that he had nothing to do with the approvals for sales of land in the FT during his term as the minister.
“When I took over the FT Ministry in 2013, I handed over land matters to the Prime Minister’s Department. I had nothing to do with any approval concerning land in the FT.
“Many people say that I was not called up by the MACC. Actually, I was called up 12 times and I provided them with whatever information I had,” he told the House.
Tengku Adnan gave the explanation before directing a supplementary question at FT Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
However, Khalid said Tengku Adnan alone is not to be blamed for the dubious land deals.
“Not all were done under him (Tengku Adnan). It tends to get worse as time goes by. One person starts and the others will follow. But it’s fair to say that most of the 97 transactions were carried out during his time,” Khalid said.
Earlier, Khalid revealed that a few parcels of land sold by DBKL before the 14th General Election were disposed of at 30% below market price.
He said among the dubious deals were a plot of land that was sold off for only RM40 million when the land value stood at RM120 million.
Khalid said out of the 97 land transactions that are being investigated by the MACC, 43 transactions have received the go-ahead, 14 have been cancelled, 15 have been renegotiated, while 20 will be further investigated and five have not reached a consensus.
The annulled deals have re-added 53.98 acres (21.84ha) or 14 plots of land to DBKL’s landbank with a deposit repayment of RM18.13 million, while successful renegotiations on another 145.79 acres or 15 plots of land have given the city hall an additional revenue of RM149 million, he told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
“In other cases, the deal has been signed. The only thing left to do is to hand over the land grant. We tried to renegotiate on these deals. Even the developers admit that the transaction value is low.
“Some have agreed to a new offer and others did not. That is why they are taking us to court,” he said, in response to Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai who asked on the number of plots of land that have been sold by DBKL with elements of corruption and were sold lower than the market price.
Khalid said these 97 transactions took place between 2011 and 2018 under his predecessors, including Tengku Adnan.
Previously, Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng had lodged a report with the MACC to investigate the RM4.28 billion sale of land to the FT Foundation in 2013, which was chaired by Tengku Adnan.
Khalid said there are no immediate plans to resell the pieces of land that have been obtained from the cancelled deals.
However, he said the ministry is open to proposals of developing these plots to serve a social purpose.
“The development of the land should be for a clear and specific purpose, especially to create affordable homes or houses for the civil service. We also have squatting issues, so using the land for these objectives are acceptable.
“But doing it just for the sake of selling, that is not the idea. It has to have a clear objective and it must be sold with specified terms for its usage. We are looking to develop it. We don’t want to just keep the land for the sake of keeping the land as well,” he added.