Hornbill Unleashed

November 14, 2014

‘Probe land deals made by Sarawak state gov’t’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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Joseph Tawie

DAP assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa Chong Chieng Jen asked Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem to seriously look into possible abuse of power and corruption by the state in land deals with private companies.

Chong cited four parcels of land about 267 acres near MJC Batu Kawah which were sold to Standard Parade Development Sdn Bhd at RM115 million, or at RM400,000 per acre, when the land could have fetched more than RM500 million or at RM2 to RM3 million an acre.

“I have with me an agreement signed between the state government and Standard Parade Development Sdn Bhd promising that these four parcels of land to be alienated to this company at RM115 million, he said yesterday in the Sarawak State Assembly during the debate on the 2015 budget.

“Another piece of land in Simpang Tiga, Kuching which was supposed to be marked for educational purposes has also been alienated to Standard Parade Development Sdn Bhd.”

The government, he said, could not wait to alienate the four parcels of land at MJC Batu Kawah to this company even when it had not developed the land at Simpang Tiga.

“What is so special about this Standard Parade Development Sdn Bhd? Who is Berry Tan, owner of Standard Parade and what is his relationship with the powers that be?” asked Chong .

He said that too much state land had been alienated to private companies for private profit by the previous government.

“We want the chief minister to look into the matter seriously,” he said.

Loyalty of ministers to Adenan questioned

Chong who is Sarawak DAP chief and the MP for Bandar Kuching, also questioned the loyalty of the State cabinet ministers to their Adenan.

“Why have they failed to emulate him in signing the integrity pledge?” he asked.

After signing the pledge, Adenan declared that he would not allow his family members to apply for state land and logging concessions.

“I applaud the chief minister for that. Even the MACC had applauded the chief minister for his pledge,” said Chong.

“But sad to say after he made the statement, none of his cabinet ministers supported or emulated his move. I challenge the cabinet ministers and the assistant ministers to do so and I ask them why they do not support or emulate the chief minister on the integrity pledge”.

He said that the chief minister must have been very embarrassed and sad as none of his ministers followed his move – so much so that three months later he issued another statement saying that he would not force his ministers to sign the pledge.

“It’s very embarrassing and sad that the integrity pledge is not well received by the people’s representatives and it is not supported by the cabinet ministers.

“Not a single minister has so far signed the integrity pledge,” he added.

Chong said that the chief minister could not find  transparency, good governance and clean government in BN; he could only find it in the Opposition.

“He can certainly find it in me,” said Chong.

He urged the chief minister to stay strong to the cause of clean and transparent government for Sarawak.

1 Comment »

  1. Refusing to sign the integrity pledge can only mean only one thing,that they admit that they are corrupted and wish to carry on as corrupted ybs.
    The rakyats should look at them as such!

    Comment by brian — November 14, 2014 @ 8:04 PM | Reply

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