Hornbill Unleashed

August 1, 2014

Stop giving state land to crony firms, Adenan told

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DAP today urged Chief Minister Adenan Satem to stop immediately the alienation of 263.6 acres of state land in Batu Kawah, Kuching, to a company it said is owned by leaders of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).The land should instead be used for affordable housing, with the construction of flats equipped with full recreational facilities and two primary schools, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said today.

DAP is concerned the land, worth about RM400 million, is in the process of being alienated  to a company owned by PBB leaders.

“We don’t want yet another plot of state land to be alienated to a crony company,” said Chong, who is the MP for Bandar Kuching and assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa.

The DAP leader has been exposing abuses of power by the state government, especially in the alienation of state land to crony companies, since the time Abdul Taib Mahmud was chief minister.

One example Chong cited was 269 acres of state land at BDC alienated to Monarda Sdn Bhd, a company owned by Taib’s son, Mohd Abu Bekir, at a premium price of RM80 million when the value of the land in the open market was put at RM500 million.

Another 32-acre plot of state land at Batu Lintang was alienated to Naim Cendera, another company linked to the Taib family, at a price far below the market price. The land is said to be worth more than RM900 million.

“We don’t want to see another fine state land in a good location falling into the hands of cronies. So we want to see whether Adenan is a man of his word, and whether his policy is line with what he says,” said Chong.

Plan for site to be sent to the chief minister

Last month Adenan told the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) that he does not wish to see his family members get any state land, logging licences or government contracts and tenders while he is the chief minister.

Chong said he would send a proposal to the chief minister to develop the Batu Kawah land into affordable flats for the poor, equipped with full recreational facilities and two primary schools.

“We have taken the trouble to look for available state land and have taken the trouble to draw the concept plan.

“I hope the chief minister will accept this proposal, and prove that he preaches what he says, or walks his talk,” Chong said.

The proposed development, which is in line with DAP’s 10-point policy reforms that were given to Adenan, shortly after he took over as chief minister, to improve his administration.

It proposes the construction of 104 blocks of five-storey residential flats, containing 30 units each, making a total of 3,120 units of affordable housing for the poor on the Batu Kawah plot.

The plan also provides for sports facilities, including a public swimming pool, football field, running track, badminton halls and basket courts, as well as two primary schools within a five-acre plot each.

Chong said 20 acres of the Batu Kawah land have also been proposed to be handed to the Chinese Middle Schools Management Board for development into shophouses to generate income for the school boards.

He said: “It is proposed that the development of these flats be undertaken by a state-owned agency, such as the Borneo Development Corporation (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, under the supervision of the state Ministry of Housing.

“All the units shall contain three bedrooms and two bathrooms and be sold at an affordable price of RM150,000 each to the poor under a ‘rent-to-own’ scheme, with the monthly rental or instalment payment per unit fixed at RM250 to RM400.”

To further assist the poor to purchase the units, Chong added, the state agency could grant interest-free loans to these purchasers.

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7 Comments »

  1. Adenan or ultra-corrupt & moron Taib, these two leaders have the same agendas-both are peas from the same pod. Both acted like heroes when it comes to UMNO coming to Sarawak but hypocritically raped Sarawak-that is a simple fact and no two ways about it!!!!

    Comment by Geronimo Miller — August 7, 2014 @ 7:35 PM | Reply

  2. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss Taik. All style and no change in substance like Mr. Elegant Silence Badawi.

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — August 2, 2014 @ 11:49 PM | Reply

  3. This plot of State land was originally proposed by the former thief minister and current paramount Governor to his late brother Ibrahim Mahmud. The deal behind the deals had not changed and the decision is still in the hands of Taib Mahmud. Adenan must prove that he has the authority to reverse all these or quit.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 2, 2014 @ 11:47 PM | Reply

  4. Taib and Adenan is the same person – alumnus of the same university, the same course (law), the same family through marriage, anti-UMNO, use English in most circumstances, both have two marriages and many more identical attributes. Now both are controlled by their queens. Meaning Adenan will continue all of Adenan’s malpractices.

    Comment by mahadir — August 2, 2014 @ 2:15 PM | Reply

  5. Its their empty stomachs thats moan & groan so rm50 goes a long way to pacify those moan & groan. A situation purposely created by BN/UMNO to enslave and trap the Sabahan and Sarawakian natives. Understand that and you know why BN wins everytime!

    Remember some Natives Sabahan were tricked into converting to a certain religion by liars promising monetary aids? Thats how dire and acute the poverty level are in the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak.

    In Sarawak, natives lands are given to Tabung Haji,Golden Hope and some other plantaion cos.from malaya without fair compensation or no compensattion at all given to the lans owners. And huge track of these lands are also given to chinese cronies in return for election funds to enable BN to win elections.

    Yes, Groan & Moan by design of UMNO/BN!

    Comment by Brian — August 2, 2014 @ 9:33 AM | Reply

  6. Give every homeless or landless household at least an acre of land as top priority before you consider giving those cronies any state land.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — August 1, 2014 @ 8:06 PM | Reply

  7. Sarawakian & Sabahan may moan & groan. But when comes election – all BN have to do is loosen its purse and win the votes. This is a political reality in Sabah and Sarawak and will not be changing immediately.

    Comment by loo — August 1, 2014 @ 12:07 PM | Reply


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