IPOH: An individual has filed an affidavit at a High Court here in relations to the issue of granting freehold land titles to new villages by the Perak state govt.
Aswannudin Hariffudin said the affidavit was filed through his lawyer on Tuesday (Jan 14).
He said as a Perakian he was worried about the issue, claiming that the state government was not being transparent about the matter.
Aswannudin said he filed the affidavit so that the issue would not be discussed vaguely, but for the authorities to conduct a proper research for the benefit of the coming generations.
"The state government should be explaining in detail, and clearly to the people of Perak on the criteria of receiving the land title.
"What is so special that a certain category of people are eligible for such land titles, are they our national heroes, because many of our soldiers, and those in the police force were killed in maintaining peace in the country, and civil servants developing the state, but they seemed to be forgotten," he told reporters outside the state secretariat building here.
Aswannudin handed a copy of the summonses, affidavit, and the receipt of filing the documents in court to Perak Mentri Besar's special officer Mohd Jaffrey Mohd Zainol.
When met on Wednesday after a radio interview on PerakFM here, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said he would not be able to elaborate further as summonses had been filed in court.
"There has not been any decision as yet on the issue of the freehold land titles.
"I will seek advice from the state Legal Advisor for the next course of action," he added.
In November, Ahmad Faizal had said that the granting of freehold land titles to new villages would be resolved after the views of all parties had been obtained.
He had said that what was raised at the DAP Convention would be considered by the Perak Pakatan Harapan leadership.
Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming had also said that the state DAP would push for the state government to fulfil its promises to give freehold land titles to new villages.
Aswannudin, who is also Perak Youth Council chairman, said the affidavit was filed on his own accord, and not in the capacity of the council chairman.
He said the council always fought for affordable housing for the youth in the state, and if the granting of freehold land titles really does take place, would the youths be able to buy a house in the future.
"The issue concerning land is a basic need of the people overall, and I feel that it should not be used by any political party to seek gains, support or votes.
"I am very concerned if the granting of the titles are done hastily, not clearly, and not understood by Perakians, this may lead to disputes with one another," he added.
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