Tengku Adnan, Tan to be charged today on DBKL land deals

MACC has been investigating the sales of 64 parcels of land by DBKL, valued at RM4.3b

By AFIQ AZIZ / Graphic TMR

It is raining indictments on past leaders and individuals linked to the previous government with Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and businessman Datuk Tan Eng Boon to face charges over dubious land transactions in Kuala Lumpur (KL).

The former Federal Territories (FT) minister, which was said to be central to various KL City Hall (DBKL) land deals, was arrested yesterday afternoon when he presented himself at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya.

The Putrajaya MP is expected to be charged jointly with Tan at the KL Sessions Court at 2.30pm today.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operation) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed that Tengku Adnan would spend the night at the agency’s lock-up.

MACC has been investigating the sales of 64 parcels of land by DBKL, valued at RM4.28 billion. The sales were said to have been signed off by Tengku Adnan from 2013 to 2018. He has denied such claims.

The new government has been on the tail of the land deals on allegations that some of the parcels were sold at below market prices and the benefactors were politically-connected individuals.

Current FT Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said a special committee had cleared 43 out of 97 land sales inked by DBKL. The 97 transactions were worth RM5.63 billion and involved 273.27ha of DBKL land.

But 20 deals had been recommended to be scrutinised by the MACC. Tengku Adnan, who is also Umno Treasurer, had been questioned several times by the MACC.

He had denied any involvement in the land sales. The former Umno secretary general said he was questioned 12 times by the anti-graft agency over the dubious deals.

“When I took over the (Federal Territories) 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 Federal Territory,” he was reported as saying in Parliament at the end of last month.

Criminal charges against Tengku Adnan will make him the third former federal minister of the previous Barisan Nasional Cabinet to face legal indictments after former Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and his former deputy Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Najib is already facing 38 charges related to money laundering, bribery and criminal breach of trust. Ahmad Zahid, who is Umno president, is battling 45 charges of money laundering and corruption. Both Najib and Zahid pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Meanwhile, Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and a former special aide will also be charged today at the KL Sessions Court in relation to the RM1.25 billion solar power supply and installation projects involving schools in Sarawak.

MACC, in a statement yesterday, said Rosmah was also called to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya at 12pm yesterday to complete the final process of the investigation and prosecution.

“The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has given consent to the MACC to prosecute the former PM’s wife and his former special officer Datuk Rizal Mansor,” the MACC said in a statement.

Rosmah has already been slapped with 17 counts of money laundering amounting to RM14 million recently, believed to be transfers of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds into her bank account.

Rizal, who was believed to be a close aide of Rosmah, had been called by the MACC for questioning previously. He did not turn up at the MACC office yesterday, despite reports that he had been served a letter to present himself at the agency.

Rosmah, who arrived at the the MACC headquarters yesterday morning, left the the anti-corruption agency headquarters at around 2.35pm.

Lawyer Datuk K Kumaraendran told the media that Rosmah was asked to come to the KL Sessions Court today.

The solar hybrid project turn into a nightmare after whistleblower Sarawak Report alleged that the contract was awarded to a Bintulu-based company on the “direct” order of Najib.

The transportation services company was appointed at the end of 2016 to provide solar hybrid systems for 369 schools.

Last month, MACC had questioned former Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. In June, a 59-year-old company director, an MD and a 30-year-old lawyer were remanded to assist investigations into the solar hybrid project.

It is believed that Rosmah and Rizal could face six charges involving RM6.5 million related to the project.