GEORGE TOWN, April 2 – The Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has again invited Penang Regional Development Authority (PERDA) chairman Datuk Shabudin Yahaya for a meeting tomorrow at the 52nd floor, Komtar at 11am, to clarify a proposal to build shophouses on land in Kampung Tok Keramat, Seberang Perai Selatan.
He said Shahbudin’s statement that the 3.4ha land was sold at below market price on condition the developer built more low-cost and affordable houses was untrue as the developer had submitted an application to Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) on March 28 to build 27 lots of shops on the land instead of constructing the housing units. He said this at a press conference here Saturday.
He said he was surprised as to why there was no housing units were built but instead shop houses were proposed. He said he hoped that the Tasek Gelugor MP will be present tomorrow for a “coffee session” with him in addressing the issue. He said this is important as the issue involved public interest, adding that something is not right if Shahbudin does not attend tomorrow.
Yesterday, Shabudin, in a press conference said the land was sold at a price of RM1.42 million on condition the developer built more low-cost and affordable houses priced between RM42,000 and RM72,000. Earlier, Lim said that according to the assessment of the Inland Revenue Board, the value of the 3.4 hectares of land was RM16.6 million.
In the meanwhile, Penang UMNO Youth chief Rafizal Abdul Rahim had also called on the Penang chief minister to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) without any delay if he suspected that there was abuse in the sale of the land.
“There is no use just going on Twitter and the media. I advise him to lodge a report with the MACC quickly and at the same time prepare himself for his own high profile case,” he told the reporters after attending the first class of the School of Politics, here today.
He was referring to the chief minister’s purchase of a bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn here at below market price. Penang MCA Youth deputy secretary Ooi Teik Liang also asked Lim to explain the documentation process on the purchase of the bungalow which he (Ooi) claimed was done by the legal firm of Lim’s wife Betty Chiew.
“We are not sure whether it is right under the law, ethics and professionalism. It might be normal to others, but this involves the chief minister. All documentation of Lim’s purchasing of the bungalow, were completed by his wife’s legal firm, we challenge all the elected representatives of DAP to come forward and express their views on such practice by their very own leader,” he said.