The remand of four individuals, including one with a Datuk title, has been extended another four days to assist with the probe into the controversial RM1.18 billion Ijok land deal.
- 3 Datuks among 7 detained, including a father and son
- 2 released so far
- 43 bank accounts worth RM86.7 million frozen
The Ijok land deal:
- 880-acre land given to 981 settlers 20 years ago
- Land seized from 2 companies which failed to develop it
- Developers sued, lost their case, in the process of appealing
- MB Azmin’s administration allegedly struck a settlement with developers
- Land returned to developed, then sold to third party for RM1.18 billion
- Settlers each paid RM180k and give an RM400k house
Magistrate Nik Muhammad Hafiz Nik Mahmood granted the remand extension until March 28 following an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the magistrate’s court in Putrajaya.
The four suspects, aged between 34 and 65, were previously remanded for four days starting March 21, together with two other men.
The two other suspects, including another Datuk, were released on a RM20,000 MACC bail each.
Besides detaining the six individuals, including a father and son, 43 bank accounts worth RM86.7 million have been frozen.
On March 22, a 53-year-old Datuk businessman was remanded for seven days until March 28.
He was the seventh person to be held as the MACC widened its investigations into the Ijok land deal.
The issue first came to light in February when Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications director, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, urged Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, to clarify as to why the Selangor government had handed over a plot of land worth RM1.18 billion in Ijok to two developers, Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd and LCBN Development Sdn Bhd in 2016.
It was earlier reported that the plot of land involved was given to settlers 20 years ago via a state government programme to boost their standard of living.
Mujur Zaman and LCBN Development were brought in to develop the 880-acre plot in 1997 but could not hold up their end of the bargain.
In 2009, then Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim seized the land under the National Land Code following a breach of terms and conditions of the agreement.
The developers then took the case to court.
They lost the case and appealed.
It was set to be heard in the Federal Court when Azmin’s administration struck a settlement with the two companies in 2016, a move which has since been criticised by several quarters.
The seized land was returned to the developers and subsequently sold to a third party for RM1.18 billion.
The 981 settlers were reportedly each paid RM180,000 and given a house worth about RM400,000 by the third party.
Khalid has since urged the authorities to probe the deal.
It was earlier reported that the MACC is investigating financial transactions involving RM200 million to five companies which received RM68 million, RM62 million, RM42 million, RM16.5 million and RM8.5 million, The Star had earlier reported.