MACC to probe status change of 6 KL retention ponds

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has commenced investigations into claims that six water retention ponds in Kuala Lumpur had been converted into sites for development projects.

According to an MACC spokesman, the investigation will cover various aspects of the approval, including the alleged development projects, Berita Harian reported.

The issue was raised last week by Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh who urged MACC to act swiftly on the claims as the change of status contradicts the purpose of the retention ponds.

Yeoh said the 2019 Auditor-General’s Report revealed that the then Kuala Lumpur mayor had approved 943 development projects from 2015 to 2020 which were not in line with the KL City Plan 2020.

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On Saturday, Yeoh together with fellow Pakatan Harapan MPs, Fahmi Fadzil (Lembah Pantai) and Tan Kok Wai (Cheras) lodged a police report to push for an investigation into which parties were involved in the conversion of these flood retention ponds and whether any abuse of power or other irregularities had occurred during these transfers of ownership.

Federal territories Umno Youth information chief Wan Agyl Wan Hassan has since added his voice to the issue demanding the government act against Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for allowing the conversion of the six water retention ponds.

Meanwhile, Berita Harian quoted current KL mayor Mahadi Che Ngah as saying that his office will look into the matter. – FMT


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