KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has refuted the allegations made against him last night that the land in Taman Manggis has been sold to a third party. At a press conference in the Parliament lobby today, the Bagan Member of Parliament said the land was “empty”, denying that it was supposed to be for the development of a housing project for the Hardcore Poor (PPRT).
“The over 1-acre land on Taman Manggis still is empty, and it had been labelled as ‘future development’ in the plan from National Housing Department. Therefore, the state government felt that the land was too small and unsuitable for low-cost housing to for the people, so we decided to move the project to over ten times bigger plot of land at Jalan S.P. Chelliah, which is in the city centre,” he said.
In the meantime, Lim in the press conference in parliament also said that the Taman Manggis land are still under the Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC), as stated in the land title. He said if KLIDC want to sell the land, they have to get the state government’s approval because it is state land but this company has never made any request to have the land sold.
Last night, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said in parliament that he had received the documents involving the company that had bought a plot of land meant for affordable housing, but was later converted into a hospital and hotel project.
Rahman, who was wrapping up his ministry’s reply in the Dewan Rakyat said he would submit the documents to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to facilitate their investigations into Lim’s Penang bungalow issue. Lim said they aren’t afraid on it because they are telling the truth while the Taman Manggis title also clearly shows that the land are still belongs to KLIDC.