KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) initially rejected Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd’s application to purchase two plots of DBKL land as they were meant for other purposes, the High Court heard.
Former director of DBKL Economic Planning and Development Department Kamariah Ibrahim said the lots in Bandar Tun Razak were meant to be developed into hostels for DBKL staff.
She was the 14th prosecution witness in the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
The former Federal Territories minister was charged on Jan 23 for allegedly receiving RM2mil as a bribe from Aset Kayamas chairman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong.
Reading from her witness statement yesterday, Kamariah said Aset Kayamas’ proposal to purchase the lots was rejected on April 3, 2015.
“The (then) Kuala Lumpur mayor decided not to sell the land on the grounds that DBKL had its own plans to develop the land,” she said.
Later, a special committee meeting chaired by Tengku Adnan approved Aset Kayamas’ proposal to purchase the lots, she added.
Under examination by deputy public prosecutor Hadariah Siri, Kamariah said one of the lots was purchased by DBKL from an outside party to build hostels.
“We wanted to prioritise building hostels since the lots were near the institute, (so we) felt that the land should not be sold,” she said.
Kamariah further explained that the information about the intended use of the lots was brought up during the special committee meeting.
“We did raise the fact that we did not agree (to the proposal to sell the land).
“But in the end, it was agreed by the meeting as the project (proposed by Aset Kayamas) would still include the hostels,” she said.
The hearing before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues today.