Anti-graft body calls for further probe into Ku Nan’s land deals

Topic: TRK Court of Appeal
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Coverage: The Malaysian Insight

AFTER the development order for a condominium project in Taman Rimba Kiara was declared null and void yesterday, the authorities must now investigate other dubious land deals involving the former Federal Territories minister, said a graft watchdog.

The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) said today Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor should be probed further over the RM1 million graft case for which he received a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) and his involvement in various projects and land deals.

“The momentum gained in this victory against conflict of interest, power abuse and corruption should be carried through other cases,” C4 said in a statement.  

The Court of Appeal yesterday ruled that the Taman Rimba Kiara project is null and void.

A panel of three judges unanimously decided that the development order obtained in 2017 by the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan and Developer Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd joint venture for the project was invalid. 

C4 said this was just the tip of the iceberg as Tengku Adnan, who was recently convicted for a RM 2 million bribery case, was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) for another RM1 million graft case.

“Tengku Adnan was also linked to the Pavilion Genting Highlands project through a series of amazing coincidences, despite his denials of any improper dealing.

“Tadmansori Holdings, a company owned by KuNan, secured 20% effective ownership of Sering Manis, the project company of the Pavilion Genting Highlands project. 

“It should also be noted that his brother, Tengku Rethwan, was also appointed a director of Sering Manis.”

C4 said it was under Tengku Adnan’s time that the Taman Rimba Kiara case, elevated Bangsar-Damansara highway, and 64 other dubious land deals took place. 

“As such, his involvement and role in these cases must be investigated further.”

On December 11, Tengku Adnan was sentenced to 12 months’ jail and a RM2 million fine, in default of six months’ jail, after being found guilty of accepting RM2 million in his capacity as a minister from a businessman.

The former minister has secured a stay of execution of the jail sentence and fine pending an appeal.

The Taman Rimba Kiara project was not stopped under the Pakatan Harapan government despite support from Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, but scaled down instead by then Federal Territories minister Khalid Samad.

This, too, was rejected, with TTDI residents and Yeoh saying they wanted the project scrapped, and only for affordable housing for the nearby longhouse residents to proceed without touching the park. – January 28, 2021.




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