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Felda special committee starts KLVC probe

Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad

Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad

KUALA LUMPUR — February 9, 2018: Felda has formed a committee to probe its previous board members who were involved in deciding on the controversial Kuala Lumpur Vertical City (KLVC) development deal.

The committee, led by a current board member Datuk Dr. Ahmad Kusyairi Din, was as per instructed by the Prime Minister’s Department yesterday.

“The three-month probe will start today. Felda also needs to hire a law firm because the committee will be doing a legal review based on the recently completed audit on the project.

“Only after the review is completed will Felda be able to take disciplinary action,” said Chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Samad at a press conference late last night.

Those under probe include board members of Felda’s investment arm Felda Investment Corporation who were involved in approving the KLVC deal.

These board members held their positions between 2014 and 2016.

They were Datuk Dr. Omar Salim, Datuk Seri Dr. Rahamat Bivi Yusoff, Datuk Norzirah Bahari, Datuk Mohd. Suhaili Said, Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd. Harun Narrashid, Datuk Abu Bakar Harun, Datuk Mohd. Khusairi Abdul Talib, Datuk Mohd. Isa Abu Kasim, Datuk Mohd. Emir Mavani Abdullah and Shamsudin Othman.

The then chairman of Felda and FIC was Tan Sri Isa Samad.

The controversy started when it was reported in December that Felda was at risk of losing its ownership of several plots of land on Jalan Semarak, which is the site of the KLVC development.

Such a possibility, said Shahrir, was because the KLVC master developer, Synergy Promenade Sdn. Bhd., had transferred the Felda-owned 16 plots of land to themselves.

Later, on January 15, Felda announced that it had regained the land.

Asked about a claim by PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli yesterday that the land still belongs to SPSB, Shahrir had this to say: “The ownership of the land cannot be registered under Felda’s name for now because it is still under a registrar’s caveat.”

He was however confident that Felda will regain the ownership before the special committee completes its investigation.

“A memorandum of agreement was already signed between Felda and SPSB, whereby they (SPSB) had agreed to return the land to us (Felda) free of charge.

“This means that as soon as the caveat is lifted, the land will be registered under Felda.”

He made clear that nothing can be done on the land as long as it is still under caveat.

 

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