Pakatan Harapan’s GE14 manifesto

TTF: Pakatan Harapan has a very uncanny obsession for state land.

In Penang, Lim Guan Eng swapped acres and acres of it to a conglomerate of companies as ‘payment’ for a non-existent project. In Selangor, the government of Azmin Ali helps companies make untold profits from the sale of land acquired from people who are ill-compensated. 

In each case, someone somewhere makes a helluva lot of money, and it isn’t the man on the street. Every indicator points to the idea that Pakatan run governments are in the business of reviving kickbacks from shoddy business deals that either involve the sale of land or the pre-sale of it at exorbitant rates. In Penang, they’re even reclaiming acres and acres of land as if there is no tomorrow.

Which is why, TTF is of the opinion that Pakatan’s GE14 manifesto should sound something like “One vote for one acre,” with the tag-phrase, “An acre of your land is worth two in Brunei.” Perhaps they could go with “Real property will move undersea if you vote us in,” or even, “Fancy a bedroom under the Atlantic?”

Yes, give Putrajaya to Guan Eng and Azmin, and who knows, by 2030, you may just be asked to ‘donate’ your land to private developers as Guan Eng erects undersea tunnels for you to live in. But considering the 20-30 years it would take Syarikat Kepala Hotak Hang Sdn Bhd to complete feasibility studies and design works, you may just as well consider living in Brunei instead.

But fret not!

Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is rumoured to be very close to some dudes over there and will help you get citizenships in no time at all. Ether that, or you could opt for Kerala, where the waters are said to be so clear, Guan Eng could consider an undersea expressway to the Indian ‘paradise’ for Malaysians – or rather, Keralans – to commute to and fro.

Silap haribulan, the eighth or ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia may just crawl out from that very tunnel and lead Malaysia for another 22 years! Hooray!!!

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SEPANG: Selangor Barisan Nasional will lodge a report on the land issue in Ijok to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) within a week.

Selangor Barian information chief Datuk Dr Mohamed Satim Diman said several settlers would also lodge a report with the MACC as the compensation that they received was allegedly not in line with the latest market prices.

He questioned the action of the Selangor state government in returning the land concerned to two companies which later sold it to third parties for the market price of RM1.18bil, whereas the compensation received by the settlers only amounted to about RM420mil.

“It’s puzzling that the compensation paid to the settlers was based on the old price in the year 2000. If they (the companies concerned) could sell (the land) according to the market price, why was the compensation paid to the settlers not according to the market price?

“So it has become a question mark as to what happened to the balance of the proceeds of the land sale which was almost RM800mil?” Mohd Satim told reporters after an event at Ladang Fermanagh, Sungai Pelek, here on Sunday.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was earlier reported to have announced a compensation payment of RM180,000 in cash and a house worth RM250,000 each to the 980 settlers, involving a total value of RM421.4mil.

Barisan Strategic Communications directors Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan had on Feb 14 urged Azmin to clarify the swift action of the state government in handing over the land in Ijok to the two companies concerned in 2016.

He questioned Azmin’s justification in not waiting for the case to be heard in the Federal Court as the decisions of the High Court and the Court of Appeal in 2013 and 2014 on the re-acquisition of the land from the two companies concerned had been in favour of the state government.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Satim said the housing issue involved about 100 families in Ladang Fermanagh, Sungai Merbau and Sungai Rawang in the state constituency of Tanjung Sepat and would be included in the local manifesto of Selangor Barisan.

“This is private land and the residents here cannot afford to buy houses according to the market price. If the state government wants to help them, buy this land for the development of affordable homes,” he said.

He said the issue had been prolonged over the past 25 years and could not be resolved because of the problem of the land ownership involved.

Source: The Star Online

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