PUTRAJAYA — May 16, 2019: The Defence Ministry today lodged another report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the remaining 14 land swap deals.
The report was lodged by the special task officer to the minister, Mohd. Nasaie Ismail, at the agency’s headquarters here following findings by a committee on 16 deals.
In February, the ministry lodged a report on two projects involving the construction of army camps in Paloh and Hutan Melintang.
According to Nasaie, the 16 deals involved 1,182.89 hectares of land valued at RM4.7 billion while the projects that were supposed to be developed were worth RM4.8 billion.
As of last December only five projects were completed, two were being built while the rest either failed to be completed or were only at the stage of signing the agreements, he told reporters before lodging the report.
And only two of the deals, namely the National Centre for Education in Putrajaya and the Royal Malaysian Air Force facility at Bukit Banang Johor were included in the ministry’s development plan.
Nasaie also claimed that political considerations outweighed government interest in 13 of the projects.
He pointed to investigations that estimated the government had lost RM515.21 million due to extensions on completion dates, additional contracts that were not in the original plan and lower land price evaluations. — Bernama