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Selangor accused of cheating hundreds of farmers

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – November 16, 2017: Whistleblower website Selangor-Leaks has accused the Selangor government of duping hundreds of farmers for the past twenty years.

In a series of articles, the website said to be based in the state claims that 383 farmers who gave up their land in Ijok have yet to be compensated as promised.

The forced acquisition in 1998 was part of the then-government’s plan for a property development project, where each of the farmers was promised cash compensation of RM180,000 and a house of the same value.

Throughout the years, the project’s contractors were changed a few times until the job eventually went to Ladang Bukit Cherakah Nominees Sdn. Bhd. (LBCN) and Mujur Zaman Sdn. Bhd.

However, the project at the 2,198.4-acre site failed to start due to several complications, including a change in the state government from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat in 2008.

When Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim of PR was mentri besar he gave the two contractors one last chance to honour their agreement, which they again failed to do.

So the state government went to court and managed to obtain an order to repossess the land which it then decided to return to the owners.

That too did not happen as Khalid was ousted through the infamous Kajang Move in 2014. He was replaced by Mohamed Azmin Ali (now datuk seri).

The following year, Eco World Group Development Berhad, through its wholly owned subsidiary Paragon Pinnacle bought the land from LBCN and Mujur Zaman.

In wanting to know how the two companies managed to sell the land that the state had already repossessed, Khalid as assemblyman for Port Klang, raised the poser at the state assembly in November last year.

In a written reply to Khalid, Azmin said the repossession order was invalid as the land office had failed to adhere to the National Land Code.

“What’s even more baffling is that Eco World had recently showcased its projects for the same area,” pointed out Kuala Selangor member of parliament Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim in a statement today.

Claiming that he has been raising the issue since 2015, Irmohizam argued that the farmers’ long overdue compensation must be adjusted to reflect the present real estate value.

The Mole’s repeated attempts for a clarification from Azmin were unsuccessful.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.