MACC Quizzed Daim over Controversial Sale of 91 Plots of Land

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MACC officers met Daim at Menara Ilham over ‘questionable’ land sale probe.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull had a brief meeting with Tun Daim Zainuddin at Menara Ilham in Kuala Lumpur concerning dubious land transactions in the federal capital which were alleged to have occurred during the previous government.

Accompanied by several of his officers, Shukri arrived in three MACC vehicles at 10.40 am and was seen entering the building where the office of the Chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) is located. They left about half an hour later.

It was learnt that the meeting was held after Daim had handed the outcome of the probe involving the land transaction for further investigation by the MACC.

Yesterday, local newspapers reported that Daim would meet the MACC following investigations by his team found that at least transactions on 91 land lots in the federal capital were doubtful, including the transaction on the land involving the Bandar Malaysia project.

“They want to talk about whether the lands should be seized. There are those who are willing to return the lands.

“We will discuss to see if offences were committed. If there are, then we will take action. Some of the lands were given (through) City Hall and the Land Office,” Daim said.

He revealed that the biggest piece of land was from Bandar Malaysia.

“Back then, I had offered land in TRX to Petronas so that they could create a heritage zone. But they did not want it.

“Later they (unclear) took the land and gave it to 1MDB. If possible, it would be nice if they could turn the land (which has been earmarked for an airbase) into a recreational park.

Former Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng was the person who brought the matter to light. He had complained that some 171 hectares of land in the city had been sold off for RM4.28 billion.

Lim had claimed that the land was sold without an open tender and to firms that did not have experience in construction and development.

Reportedly, 16 lots or 37.24 hectares of land were sold to a single property developer for RM785 million.

Lim had urged former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to explain the sales.

Related report: May 16, MACC Report Lodged Against Tengku Adnan over RM4.28B Land Sale