DBKL prioritises instructions from FT minister, former director tells High Court

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  • Thursday, 04 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) prioritised instructions from the Federal Territories minister when making decisions regarding applications by developers, the High Court heard on Thursday (July 4).

Former DBKL economic planning and development department (JPEPP) director Ab Salim Mansor said this under examination by Deputy Public Prosecutor Hadariah Siri, who asked about the procedure used by DBKL when dealing with instructions from the minister.

Ab Salim was testifying as a prosecution witness in Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor's bribery trial.

The former Federal Territories minister was charged on Jan 23, 2019 for allegedly receiving RM2mil as a bribe from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong.

Speaking of Aset Kayamas applications regarding the purchase of two plots of DBKL land in Bandar Tun Razak, Ab Karim said the then-Kuala Lumpur mayor had forwarded him letters mentioning the minister's directives.

"What was your action (tindakan) after receiving the minutes from the minister?" asked DPP Hadariah.

"When I received the minutes, I went to see the mayor to discuss what the department needed to do.

"The orders have been given and usually we then send out letters to the company that is making the application," he answered.

Ab Salim said that DBKL had then agreed with Aset Kayamas' applications.

Aset Kayamas had asked for a delay in paying the first 10% payment for the plots and a reduction to only 10% of the additional 20% payment that was added on to the land value for the plots.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, Ab Salim agreed that usually DBKL followed procedures even with instructions from the minister.

Tan: When the mayor receives (applications) he will forward to JPEPP?

Ab Salim: Yes.

Tan: And JPEPP will evaluate or give its feedback to the mayor?

Ab Salim: Yes.

Tan: Then (despite) any minutes by the minister you will use the procedure?

Ab Salim: Yes.

Earlier, former Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz had disagreed with Tan whether Tengku Adnan's instructions should be taken as a suggestion (cadangan) or a directive (arahan).

Tan: I suggest that it is a suggestion (from the minister).

Amin: I disagree.

"To be fair to you, of course the minister has an influence. Everywhere in the world, politicians have an influence," Tan later remarked.

Amin only smiled in response.

Amin had on Wednesday (July 3) implied that while the mayor had the authority over the sale of DBKL lands, the minister had the final say.

The trial will continue before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan on July 9.

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