DAP: Malpractice suspected, don't let Medan Imbi building owner buy land

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP has urged Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad not to give the company involved in building a controversial six-storey building in Medan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, the option to buy over the land because of suspected malpractice.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall investigation have revealed that the building was constructed on two lots of land belonging to the government.

Its chairman Tan Kok Wai said this would be akin to saying that it was all right for a driver to beat the red light.

"I don't think the minister's decision (in giving the option) is right, to let the owner of the building to buy over the land, which is supposed to be a park," said Tan, who is also Malaysia Special Envoy to China, in a press conference after launching the Sports Toto's Chinese New Year donation campaign on Thursday (Jan 17).

Khalid had, on Wednesday (Jan 16), asked the company which constructed the building on two lots of land belonging to the government in Medan Imbi to step forward and provide an explanation and a possible solution by Jan 31.

His demand followed an internal investigation by the Integrity Unit of Kuala Lumpur City Hall, which revealed that both pieces of land belonged to the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office.

The plots involved are Lot 568 and Lot 716, which have a combined area of 0.145ha, with an estimated market value of about RM20mil.

Tan said one option would be for the land to be returned to the government and turned into a recreational park, as it was originally the plan.

The other option was to leave the building alone and let it serve as a reminder for future generations on the ramifications of power abuse.

Tan asked if the building had been granted all approvals.

"If so, how did it get all the approvals for building laws and bylaws? If not, can the building continue to exist?" he asked.

He said there was no set back (distance which a building or structure is set back from a road) or parking space, but the building was nevertheless approved.

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