Khalid: Body to engage Kg Baru landowners who have not accepted govt offer

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  • Saturday, 26 Oct 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Perbadanan Kampung Baru will meet with all Kampung Baru landowners who have not accepted the Government's offer to acquire their land, says Khalid Abdul Samad.

"There are about 30 lots left and if we do public engagement, some of them might not get to ask their questions," said the Federal Territories Minister.

He said there were allegations on social media that the landowners would lose their rights to their land, which he said were not true.

"If we go on the ground and explain it to them clearly, I think they all will agree to the offer," said Khalid after launching the Grand Final of Federal Territories Ministry Sports Carnival at the Mokhtar Dahari Futsal Complex in Precinct 18, Putrajaya.

Kampung Baru landowners were offered RM850 per sq ft for their land, and an additional RM150 per sq ft in the form of shares as the government's "final and best offer" to acquire Kampung Baru land.

Landowners who opt to buy real estate in the new development project would also get a 15% discount.

"The shares will be in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) of the development project, a company set up by the government to buy the land.

"The shares also mean landowners will continue to have ownership rights over the land that is developed and will get returns from the development," he said.

When asked if the government would take the land by force, Khalid said the government wanted the people to unite and develop Kampung Baru.

"Our objective is for them to be together, not kick them out.

"This issue has been a long-existing one and the owners also acknowledged it as a problem because the names of the ownership of their land had been increasing from generation to generation.

"It is best we can tackle the issue now and redevelop the place into a modern Malay village," he said.

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