IPOH: Aug 12, 2008 By HAH FOONG LIAN
Perak will sell state land via open tenders to enhance transparency in its administration.
It will also be the first state in the country to have a written set of guidelines, to be released later, for such sales.
Stacks of work: Mohammad Nizar visiting the state Land and Mines Office in Ipoh yesterday. With him is Perak Land and Mines Office director Datuk Abu Zar Omar (right).
Announcing the policy during a working visit to the state Land and Mines Office here yesterday, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said:
“We want to practise transparency and at the same time increase the state’s revenue.”
He said there were parcels of land which many people were interested in, and awarding these through the open tender system would prevent accusations from being hurled at the state government.
Nizar said the state Valuation Department would determine the reserve price, and bids must start at 25% above the reserve price. The land would go to the highest bidder.
Perak citizens, he said, would be given priority.
He said the state government had identified nine pieces of land in Hulu Kinta district to start off the open tender system.
“Some are 4ha, some 0.4ha and others 0.2ha, but they fetch high prices because they are centrally located,” he said.
An advertisement will be put up to announce the bidding.
A spokesman at the Land and Mines Office said Terengganu and Sabah also adopted the open tender system, but the two states did not have a set of written guidelines or policy on the matter.