Malaysia – Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid stated today that the police would defer to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in investigating the sale of a plot of land in Seri Iskandar, Tronoh, that was originally recommended as the location for an international airport.
According to Mior, the matter is within the jurisdiction of MACC.
He said during a news conference at the Perak police headquarters their that they got a police complaint from a person on this matter, and they forwarded it to the MACC since the case falls within its authority
Perak Pakatan Harapan Youth head Mohamad Hairul Amir Sabri filed a police complaint on Monday about the sale of the aforementioned plot of property.
In his closing speech to the state assembly in March, Perak Infrastructure, Energy, Water, and Public Transport Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Zolkafly Harun stated that the plan to build the airport, which involves seven plots of approximately 478 hectares, had been approved by a state executive councillor meeting on February 28, 2018.
Mohd Zolkafly, on the other hand, said that 188.13 hectares of the assigned property, which was held by Perak Development Corporation (PKNP), had been sold to a third party.
This arose when Perak DAP chairman and Aulong assemblyman Nga Kor Ming raised the matter during the state assembly session that the land had been sold without the state government’s authorization.
Saarani revealed on March 31 that a block of land formerly selected as the site for a future international airport in Seri Iskandar had been sold to a private enterprise.
He said that the former state government sold the property under the PH administration.
Four former state executive councillors, namely Howard Lee Chuan How (DAP), Datuk Asmuni Awi (Amanah), Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (Amanah), and Tan Kar Hing (PKR), filed a report with the Perak MACC on the land issue on April 5.
Nizar emphasized that the sale of PKNP’s airport property to a third party was not addressed at any board meeting he attended during his tenure as a state executive councillor. Similarly, he said that the sale of the property was not discussed in any of the state executive councillor sessions.