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Published: Sunday January 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 4:50:04 PM

Explain land transfer, Nik Aziz told

KOTA BARU: Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has been asked to reveal details of all Malay Reserve lands transferred to non-Malays in the wake of claims that more than 4,000ha had been allegedly given or leased to two Perak DAP leaders.

Kelantan People’s Action Council (MTRK) president Azmi Ali said the alleged gift or lease of Malay reserve land to Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and his cousin Ngo Kar Ming had a serious impact on the issue of Malay Reserve land being commercialised to the advantage of the Kelantan PAS-led government.

Nga and Ngeh, who is also DAP deputy secretary-general, have not denied holding shares in Upayapadu Plantation Sdn Bhd, a company involved in planting rubber clone trees on a 4,259ha land in Gua Musang.

Azmi said the NGO would organise a peaceful 10,000 people protest if the state government failed to disclose official records of the total land given out to “outsiders”.

“This is a serious matter showing that something is amiss with the control of state land. There have been too many exposés of such cases lately, including the Lembah Sireh beautification project project where at least 1,000ha of land and reclaimed land have changed hands.

“Another major concern of MTRK and the people is the Ladang Rakyat (People’s Plantantion) projects managed and leased to ‘outsiders’,” he said in press statement here.

Meanwhile, Kelantan Umno wants a Royal Commission of Inquiry to be set up to probe the leasing of the land in Gua Musang and the alleged involvement of Ngeh and Nga in the deal.

Its head Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the people were unhappy and dissatisfied with the explanations given by the PAS-led Kelantan Government so far.

“Are there other DAP leaders who had been awarded such land? Were the lands awarded because of the relationship they have within the Opposition pact?

“Is awarding land to DAP leaders more important than helping the landless poor people in Kelantan?” he asked after visiting the district market here with Tanah Merah Umno division chief Datuk Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz.

Mustapa, who is also the International Trade and Industries Minister, said a Royal Commission of Inquiry was the appropriate platform to get to the bottom of the issue and in line with the Opposition’s practice of doing the same each time issues involving the Barisan Nasional cropped up.

Tags / Keywords: Nation, News, Politics, Ngeh Koo Ham, Nga Kor Ming

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