Mindef lodges more reports with MACC over questionable land swap deals


PUTRAJAYA: The Defence Ministry has lodged more reports with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) over the remaining 14 questionable projects linked to the ministry involving land swaps.

The projects were among a total of 16 investigated by the governance, procurement and finance investigating committee led by former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang. 

The report was lodged by the Defence Minister's special officer Mohd Nasaie Ismail at the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission headquarters on Thursday (May 16).

The report involved among others, the development of 11th brigade camp and defence storage depot in Serendah, sports facilities in Sungai Besi camp and a privatisation project to build a transit camp, as well as the Regiment 502 Askar Wataniah camp, in Kuala Lumpur. 

Mindef also lodged reports pertaining to the construction of 60 units of houses at Camp Slim in Cameron Highlands, the National Defence Studies Centre in Putrajaya and the proposed development of several facilities in Muara Tuang and Penrisen camps in Sarawak. 

The ministry had earlier reported to the MACC on the questionable development of military camps and facilities in Hutan Melintang in Bagan Datuk and in Paloh, Kluang. 

Nasaie said the 16 land swap deals involved 2,923 acres belonging to the government valued at RM4.7bil. 

"The value of the projects that were supposed to be developed is RM4.8bil. 

"As of December last year, only five had been completed," he said.