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Posted in Malaysian Politics, Pakatan Rakyat, Politics, Selangor Government, Selangor State Assembly by rodziahismailticker on November 11, 2009
Declassified: Details of huge abandoned housing project
Rahmah Ghazali
Nov 11, 09
8:17pm
Malaysiakini,com
The Selangor government today declassified and made public a set of documents relating to an abandoned housing project at Bukit Cherakah in Shah Alam that had begun in 1997.

 

The abandoned project, according to the document, started when the then BN state government initiated its Green Revolution Plan (GRP – Phase 1) in the 1970s through which agriculture land for oil palm would be distributed to eligible smallholders.

NONEUnder the programme, 648 participants were given a 1.2 hectare piece of land each to develop assisted by the Selangor Agriculture Development Corporation (PKPS) which however later transferred their responsibility to their subsidiary Ladang Bukit Cherakah Nominees Sdn Bhd (LBCN). [Above pix is file picture]

Two years later, however, in 1999, LCBN had come up with an offer to develop the land into a housing area and 383 of the original participants, who collectively held more than 490 hectares, agreed with the suggestion.

“All the 383 participants signed an agreement in order to give their land back to the Selangor government and they later transferred the land titles to LCBN Development. At that time, the land already two-year old oil palm plants,” said the document.

What enticed the participants the most, added the document, was that LCBN Development had promised to compensate the landowners with RM360,000 cash and a house worth RM180,000 each.

To proceed with the project, LCBN then entered into a joint-venture with Vega Builders Sdn Bhd to develop the land as the Bandar Alam Perdana housing project.

Project eventually abandoned

“But not only did the developers fail to compensate the participants, they also disappointed 3,436 home buyers who were supposed to move in to their homes in 2002,” said the document revealing that the whole project was eventually abandoned.

Providing lengthy details on the matter, the document also listed out the names of the victims, developers, politicians and the various public figures involved in the scandal and during which menteri besar’s tenure various stages of the project took place.

NONEMenteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim (right) told the state legislative assembly sitting today the public could obtain the document from the state government’s website beginning tomorrow. The document is also available in a booklet form from the district offices or the Selangor Menteri Besar’s Office.

At a press conference later, Khalid said the information declassified by the state government could assist the victims in taking legal action against the developers.

“Action can be taken by the smallholders or the house buyers (victims). We know they wanted to take a legal action before this but they could not do so because they did not have enough information,” he said.

“But now that they have all the information, we will help them to proceed with the legal suit. We have a legal aide who maybe can assist them,” he added.

Second phase later

Khalid also did not rule out the possibility that the present state government would take over the land at Bukit Cherakah. However, this will be discussed ‘at the second phase’ of the state government’s action.

Yesterday at the state assembly, the menteri besar had promised to ‘reveal the truth behind projects that were supposed to benefit the state’ by declassifying records of the previous Barisan Nasional administrations.

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