MELAKA: The state has set up a special investigation team to probe an alleged land grab purportedly by a foreign-controlled company.
Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the team, headed by the state secretary, will investigate the procedures involved over the alleged bid to take over Sime Darby Plantation Berhad's land at below market price.
“The state government has agreed in principal to shelf the acquiring of the land at Lot GRN 49371 and Lot 7948 in Merlimau district in Jasin,” he said at a press conference in Seri Negeri on Thursday (May 30).
Adly added the Jasin Municipal Council has been directed to review the agreement with GI A Resources Sdn Bhd and to obtain new suggestions from Sime Darby.
On May 23, the Melaka High Court granted Sime Darby a stay on all proceedings relating to the compulsory acquisition process of the land, until the lawsuit is heard.
The Melaka Government came under fire, after Sime Darby claimed that a state land authority had allegedly assisted the forced acquisition of its land for the benefit of a foreign-owned company.