22Oktober2017

MCA demands DAP answers to RM1mil land scam in Kelantan

Malacca MCA Youth urged DAP to come forward and address allegations made against a DAP assemblyman’s aide and a Pas Youth leader in an alleged land scam.

MCA Youth chief Lim Swee Hu said the public should be given an explanation on DAP’s involvement in the case, which is said to involve a 202-hectare plot of land in a forest reserve in Kelantan.

“With the revelation as reported, will DAP carry out an investigation and will there be disciplinary action taken against them?

“We also urge police to speed up investigation into this case as the report was lodged by the victim in Dec 14, 2016,” he told a press conference at Wisma MCA in Jalan Hang Tuah here, today.

Lim also urged victims of the alleged land scam to come forward to explain to the public on what actually transpired in the deal.

“Referring to the news report, the victims were also said to have received threats to remove the names (they have) mentioned from the police report (or face legal suit),” he added.

Lim was responding to a claim by former state DAP chairman Goh Leong San (Independent-Duyong), who said that several farmers suffered losses of up to RM1 million in a land deal in Kelantan.

According to the report, the victims were duped into leasing the land to help with funding of the elections in Kelantan.

The victim had said that there has been no development in the land application process to date, although he was informed that payment has been made to the Kelantan Forestry Department, which amounted to RM533,990 but no payment receipt was produced.

“Goh also revealed that the victims deposited RM976,300 into two recipients’ bank accounts. One was RM528,000 to a Chinese political leader and another RM448,300 to a Pas Youth leader in Kelantan. So what happened to the money which is close to RM1million?

“We want DAP to explain to the public. Where is the money now?” said Lim.

In the state assembly sitting on Wednesday, Goh had said the victims were duped into banking in close to RM1 million to a DAP assemblyman’s aide’s bank account and a Kelantan PAS Youth leader’s bank account in a land deal, which was struck in September 2012.

After the state assembly, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron had said that a DAP assemblyman had deliberately got himself booted out from the state legislative assembly sitting to avoid being the centre of discussion of his own corruption scandal.

“I found out that this was an excuse for to leave the hall so that they do not have to face a case which could be raised by an independent assemblyman,” Idris told reporters on Wednesday.

Khoo Poay Tiong (DAP-Ayer Keroh) was booted out of the state assembly by State Assembly Speaker Datuk Othman Muhammad after causing a fracas and disobeying the Speaker’s order to sit down.

Tey Kok Kiew (DAP-Banda Hilir) and Lai Keun Ban (Kota Laksamana) also staged a walkout when the state assembly resumed after a break, in a protest against the speaker’s decision.

Khoo when contacted, refuted the claims, saying that Goh was ill-intended and wanted to smear the image of DAP and those named in the police report.

Khoo also chided Goh and another former DAP assemblyman Chin Choong Seong (Independent-Kesidang), for being “interested in hanky-panky matters, rather than that of the rakyat’s affair”.

“Whatever that is stated in the report is untrue,” Khoo said, adding that it was an agenda by Goh to tarnish the party’s image.-10/3/2017

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