Doubts over land sales

THE sale of several plots of prime land belonging to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has raised doubts over it being in the best interest of the public. It has also caused Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai to see red.

“These deals were not done through open tender and there were existing facilities on the land. In fact, redeveloping these lands will cost the public because DBKL will have to rebuild these facilities elsewhere,” he said in a press conference, recently.

The affected facilities include the velodrome in Cheras, DBKL’s Health, Engineering and Mechanical Departments, and another plot along Jalan Pinang.

Tan claimed that the lands were sold within the last two to three years and located close to MRT stations. “I found out that a new velodrome will be constructed in Bandar Tun Razak, a short distance from where the current one stands while land in Taman Metropolitan Kepong and Taman Pudu Ulu has been identified for the construction of DBKL departments,” he said.

“I have asked details of the transaction twice in Parliament but the answers I received were devoid of detail.

“I was told that the sale of the land was within the Federal Territories Minister’s power as per the Local Government Act 1976 article 101 (r)(i),” he said.

Tan added that the price for the land was determined by the Federal Government’s Valuation and Property Services Department.

In a reply given in Parliament, FT Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that the land where the velodrome was located was valued at RM223 per sq ft.

The reply further stated that the land measured 5.53ha and was sold for a proposed mixed development. Just a few kilometres from the velodrome, along Jalan Cheras, new properties are selling at prices ranging from RM700 to RM1,000 per sq ft with gross development values in the billions.

“The authorities should be the protector of the people’s interest.,” Tan said.

He said that there are other plots of land that have been sold recently in similar fashion that he will reveal later.

“DBKL has been saying that it is hard to find land to build affordable homes.

“That land where the two DBKL departments were located, could have easily accommodated between 8,000 and 10,000 affordable apartments,” he said.

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