KUALA LUMPUR – February 19, 2018: There’s another twist to the complicated Ijok land controversy, with the latest suggesting that the Selangor government may have erroneously solved the 20-year-old impasse.
The errors include the actual number of settlers who were recently compensated after agreeing to give up their land for a cash compensation of RM180, 000 and a house of equal value in 1998.
Where Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali announced that all 980 settlers were compensated RM430,000 each, a court document sighted by The Mole states that the total number of settlers were in fact 1,034.
Even more peculiar was the fact that Azmin’s predecessor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had, according to the latter’s aide Faekah Husin, already given 684 settlers the keys to their houses at the partially completed site named Taman Alam Perdana.
“This was done in 2012, without selling off the land to any developer,” wrote Faekah in a statement two days ago.
She also thought that it was quite funny when Azmin said that the state government was only able to compensate the settlers following the sale of the land to Paragon Pinnacle Sdn. Bhd. (PPSB). for RM1.18 billion.
The land sale between PPSB and the development’s original contractors –Ladang Bukit Cherakah Sdn. Bhd. and Mujur Zaman Sdn. Bhd. – was brokered two years ago after the land repossession order issued during Khalid’s tenure was annulled after Azmin became MB.
In a written reply to Khalid’s inquiry over the annulment, Azmin explained that the repossession order was invalid because the Land Office had failed to adhere to the National Land Code.
Interestingly, in a consent agreement between the parties dated May 17, 2016, the state government hired the Daim and Gamany law firm to facilitate the RM1.18 billion sale.
According to whistleblower website Selangor-Leaks, this reeks of cronyism because two of the lawyers with the firm, Latheefa Koya and Sivarasa Rasiah, are card-carrying members of PKR –the party of which Azmin is the deputy.
But what critics claimed to be the one-million-dollar question is what happened to the remaining RM758.6 million from the RM1.18 billion.
Attempts to get a clarification from Azmin and additional information from Faekah were unsuccessful.