Press Statement 22 Jan 2019
C4 Center is deeply concerned with yet another alleged dubious land deal relating to Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK). The residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) have been protesting a high-rise development project for the past two years, even calling for the park to be gazette as a public space to prevent development from taking place.
TRK comprises 25 acres of state land and this is documented fact and evidenced by Land Office searches dating back to 2010. Situated within this is a Hindu temple (0.6 acres), the Bukit Kiara longhouses (4.4 acres) and green park land (20 acres). In 2014, Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) somehow procured the issuance of a title to itself (PT 9244) for 12 acres out of the 25 acres. This was a purported transfer of state land to YWP.
On 7 April 2014, YWP entered into a joint venture development with Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd to develop the “carved out” land with an expected gross development value (GDV) in excess of RM3.0 billion.
This development involves building eight blocks of 42-54 storey high end service apartments, which will be known as Pavilion Taman Tun; and building only one 29 storey block of 350 units for the current residents of the Bukit Kiara longhouse community.
While the TTDI residents agree with the affordable housing project for the longhouse residents who have been waiting for it since the 1970s, they are opposing to the development of high-end service apartments.
Questions arise as to why YWP, a foundation that was established to provide services and assist in improving the socio-economy of the low income groups and through education, should be involved in a joint venture mega project.
Who really is behind YWP?
A search on the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) website shows that the trustees were among the directors of the foundation as well. Notably, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Bin Tengku Mansor (Tengku Adnan), who was the former Federal Territories (FT) Minister, was also the former Chairman of YWP. His Chairmanship of YWP was by virtue of him holding the office of FT Minister.
Tengku Adnan, being the FT Minister and Chairman of YWP, had direct oversight of KL City Hall (DBKL) and the then KL Mayor. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Haji Mhd Amin Nordin was the then KL Mayor as well as a director of YWP.
On 13 July 2017, DBKL had approved the Development Order for this mega project, notwithstanding vehement objections from the TTDI community.
C4 Centre notes that current FT Minister as well as the now Chairman of YWP Tuan Khalid Samad that “So, there is no reason for DBKL to sell land, which is why we are very suspicious of these sales. They (the sales) do not follow the SOPs (standard operating procedures); they do not follow the developments that are being approved; they do not follow the guidelines in terms of density, usage and so on and so forth,” he added.
In our further research, and a search on the SSM website shows the following:-
Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd
(as at June 2016)
Tegap Dinamik Sdn Bhd
Regal Marvel Construction Sdn Bhd
Aman Ikhtisas Sdn Bhd
Dataran Hartajaya Sdn Bhd
Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd
Lim Siew Fai
Chua Thian Teck
Lim Mei Yoong
MPSB, Tegak Dinamik, Regal Marvel, Malton, Aman Ikhtisas and Dataran Hartajaya seems to share almost the same registered address and business address, ie. at the Pavilion Tower and/or Menara Goldstone (formerly known as Menara ING)
The connection between Tengku Adnan and the directors of the above companies will raise queries as to serious conflict of interest in the dealings. It appears that Tengku Adnan could have abused his position by making decisions in ways that will provide personal benefit and favoritism for his associates and family members.
In the light of better accountability and transparency, we hope that
The Pakatan Harapan government responds to the following queries:-
- what was the reason for allowing part of a park to be purportedly transferred to a foundation. TRK may be just another park for an ordinary Malaysian, but for the TTDI and surrounding residents, it is just about the last green lung of the area;
- what was the reason for allowing a foundation meant to assist low income groups to be involved in a joint venture mega project;
- was there any open tender process for this joint venture;
- was the joint venture deal made at arm’s length;
- although Tengku Adnan has justified the mega project as necessary to subsidize affordable housing for the Bukit Kiara longhouse community, what is the rationalization for allowing a developer to build only one block of affordable housing units for the longhouse community while the developer, MPSB benefits from eight blocks of high-end service apartments; and
- was there any internal investigation carried out to address the above since this highly suspicious land deal took place during the tenure of Tengku Adnan.
C4 further urges MACC to investigate YWP and Tengku Adnan in their involvement in the land deals.
Tengku Adnan was charged with two counts of receiving RM3 million from property developers. On the first count, he was charged in his position as a public servant with accepting RM1 million from a developer as an inducement and the second charge, he was alleged to have received RM2 million and the sum was allegedly deposited into Tadmansori Holdings’ account. In addition, the recent case whereby a development order had been issued to two properties in Medan Imbi when the land did not belong to either the company or DBKL indicates that abuse of power in the previous administration.
C4 further reasserts our call for greater scrutiny over sale of government assets and property, and demand the right to know, and the right to greater information over the dealings of government procurement and sales of property.
Cynthia Gabriel (Ms.)
Executive Director, C4 Center