Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Perak MCA hands over documents on Sungai Pinji land deal to ACA - NST

IPOH, WED: April 30, 2008

Perak MCA today handed over documents to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) pertaining to the application and subsequent approval of a piece of prime land in Sungai Pinji so that investigations could be carried out in a transparent and fair manner.

Perak MCA Secretary Datuk Ho Cheng Wang said all documents, including the application letter, the agreement, approval and the land title for the 0.89ha land, had been handed over to the ACA.

He said the move was to proof that the previous state government did not act in an improper manner in approving the application for the land.

“We also hope that the ACA investigations will bring back justice to MCA as the application was made in accordance with the procedure set by the Land and Mines Office.

“We’ve applied for the land to build a MCA building and a community hall,” he told reporters here after handing over the documents to ACA Assistant Superintendent Mohd Zaini Hassan.

On April 16, the new state government cancelled the title for the land, with Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin saying there were elements of abuse in its approval.

Mohammad Nizar said a soy sauce factory operator, who had been occupying the land since 1953, had submitted an application for the land since a long time ago.

Ho said MCA would not appeal against the cancellation, and would instead leave it to the ACA to carry out investigations on the matter.

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