Zainal: Guan Eng Should Focus On Solving Bungalow Issue, Not Divert Peoples’ Attention To Perda Land Issue

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GEORGE TOWN, April 4 – Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng has been reminded to resolve his own issue (bungalow bought below market price) and not divert the attention of the people over the sale of land that belonged to the Penang Regional Authority (Perda).

Penang UMNO Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Lim must focus on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigations into the sale and purchase of a bungalow he had bought at Jalan Pinhorn, here, below market price.

“As for the sale of Perda land in Kampung Tok Keramat at Seberang Perai Selatan, Guan Eng can ask the MACC to investigate by lodging a report. Guan Eng need not divert the attention of his own case by drawing the Perda case into play,” he said in a statement, here today.

Zainal said Guan Eng had himself visited the site of the Perda land to view the condition of the land after seven years. Two weeks ago Datuk Shabudin Yahaya who is also the Perda chairman had claimed that Guan Eng’s purchase of a bungalow on Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8 million was below market price as the Penang Umno Youth had obtained tax documents to show that the bungalow was valued at RM4.27 million.

He also suggested that the below market purchase of the bungalow may be in exchange for the sale of state land in Taman Manggis. Last week it was Guan Eng’s turn to urge Shabudin to clarify the sale of land below market price to Syt Prestige Sdn Bhd by Perda.

The chief minister said the land in question was collectively valued at RM16.636 million for tax assessment but was only sold at RM1.427 million to Syt Prestige Sdn Bhd, meaning Perda and the people of Penang suffered losses amounting to RM15.209 million.

Guan Eng had invited to “have coffee” with him at Komtar last Sunday at 11am to explain himself but Shabudin had snubbed him. He revealed that the 3.4ha piece of Perda land was sold to SYT Prestige Sdn Bhd on July 28, 2015. Shabudin had claimed that the land was sold for RM1.42 million on condition that the developer build houses priced at between RM42,000 to RM200,000, subject to the state government’s approval.

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