Did Penang allow land to be sold to an offshore company?

In Malaysian parliament currently, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and his Barisan Nasional (BN) counterparts from Penang dropped even more bombs on the current Taman Manggis land controversy.

All this comes after the ejection of the state’s chief minister and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng from the hall, followed by the exit of all MPs from the DAP and also the MP of Sepang.

Currently ongoing, the Minister for Housing and Urban Wellbeing highlighted that the Taman Manggis land was in fact proposed for low-cost housing (PPR).

He also highlighted that Barisan Nasional was willing to pay in full for the land at the price of RM22 million but were hindered from completing the sale due to terms unspecified by the Penang state government during sale.

On top of this, Rahman also highlighted that the land – in the end sold to Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre at a mere RM11 million – is now being sold again with a price tag of RM20 million to yet another company, which includes an offshore company based in Samoa.

In other words, Penang state has not only sold land reserved for low-cost housing, but have also allowed someone to make a profit of RM9 million off of it.

And on top of this a question; did the Penang state government did not set any conditions for the KLIDC?

At the same time, MP Parit Buntar Mujahid Yusof Rawa raised that this land supposedly gazetted for PPRs was in fact replaced. However, MP Tasik Gelugor Datuk Shabudin Yahya also stepped in to tell the august hall that the supposed “replacement lot” mentioned by the DAP in Penang was not new.

The so-called “SP Chelliah” replacement land measuring 2.8 acres was already gazetted for PPR development during BN’s tenure of ruling the state of Penang pre-2008, according to Shabudin.

Thus, now there are ever increasing issues with the Taman Manggis land sale that the DAP led state government has to explain.

Currently, the DAP gang has decided to instead initiate a propaganda war on social media blaming the Speaker for not asking Rahman to retract him calling Lim a liar as “unparliamentary”.

However, having watched the proceedings, the Speaker had trouble controlling the hall since every time Rahman tried to explain why he used the word, he was continually harangued by Opposition MPs including Kasthuri Patto, Lim himself, Hanipa Maidin (Sepang) and Gobind Singh Deo.

It was this constant argument that got Lim ejected from the hall.

My recommendation at this point?

Get more popcorn.

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