I’m fully agree with Penang BN that Lim Guan Eng has expeditedly to pay RM14 million to Tan Huat Ju as the compensation ordered by Penang High Court.
Any lawyer can tell you, the case is still pending for appeal, PR state government should apply to High Court to hold RM14 million in trust until the case is decided in the Appeal and Supreme Courts. Supreme court has upheld the Appeal Court’s decision in May 2012, so the case is finally closed.
Obviously, LGE is purposely to give away RM14 million to Tan as a political chip to attack BN. He is a pay happy Chief Minister.
LGE blamed the Penang High Court for releasing the money against the will of state government. If so, sue the High Court (not sure you can sue the court?).
I hope Penang court official come forward to clarify this issue, otherwise “eating dead cat” accusation against the court is believed TRUE.
How he is going to get back RM14 million if Tan declares his company in bankruptcy?
A new Chief Minister from local folk who is really take care the welfare of Penangites is needed after GE13.
Lim Guan Eng shall contest in Melaka or Johor, not hiding in Chinese majority constituency like MCA politicians hide in Malay majority constituencies.
This same issued was mentioned in http://www.nkkhoo.com/2012/02/07/lim-guan-eng-is-a-pay-happy-chief-minister/
Move to reclaim RM14 mil over private land tussle
Oon Xin Jia
GEORGE TOWN (June 12, 2012): The Penang legal adviser’s office is taking steps to recover the RM14.1 million paid to a businessman after the Federal Court last month ruled in favour of the state over his land alienation suit.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today that efforts to reclaim the money from plaintiff Tang Hak Ju through legal channels have already begun.
He said that the state government was directed by the High Court to pay the amount for the courts to hold the money in trust, but the High Court then released it to Tan.
The amount was the first instalment from a total of RM28.6 million compensation to be paid to Tang as ruled by the High Court on Oct 4, 2005 after the state wrongfully alienated private land to him.
On May 7 this year, the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s ruling to overturn the High Court’s decision. The amount payable by the state to Tang is now about RM600,000.
Lim said it was puzzling why the previous Barisan Nasional state executive council and land committee handed the private land to Tang despite five government departments having already rejected Tang’s application.
“Since BN has now admitted its mistake, can we claim the money from BN if we fail to get our money back?” he told a press conference at his office here.
He also demand answers from BN leaders on why no one was punished for the affair if indeed it was a mistake.
Penang BN political affairs chief Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan had on Monday questioned what the state was doing to recover the money.
Meanwhile, state housing committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said the Penang Island Municipal Council has no record of any application to build low-cost houses on a 0.45ha state land at Jalan Zainal Abidin.
He said the 0.45ha was too small for adequate low-cost housing, and had therefore been put on open tender for a hospital project which would not increase traffic in the area.