Since Lim Guan Eng has challenged BN to buy the land and BN Penang also accepts the challenge.
BN Penang is willing to buy the land at higher price [RM450 per Sq feet], thus Penang state government will earn extra RM11 million from the deal.
News source: http://mykampung.sinchew.com.my/node/206426?tid=4
See Lim Guan Eng’s rebuttal, http://mykampung.sinchew.com.my/node/206427?tid=4
Let’s wait the offer letter from PR government.
Latest update: PR government made the land sale offer to BN Penang.
The Taman Manggis land sale scandal is fulled with fraudulent and nontransparent.
1. PR government hijacked the land from the poor rakyat. LGE even lied to rakyat that the land was never allocated for low-cost flat.
2. Bidding by two companies owned by a same person is not open tender. It’s called BN rent-seeking which is copied happily by PR.
Both Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre Sdn Bhd and Victoria International Medical Centre submitted bids for the land are owned by a same person.
This is so-called LGE open tender!!!!
3. The bidder has conflict of interest as the landlord for LGE’s residence. A shareholder in one above-mentioned company is alleged the landlord for LGE’s rented bungalow.
4. The bidding price is below market price. No responsible government will accept the bid, new bidding must be called up again.
5. 0.4 ha is not SMALL to accommodate two high-rise low cost flats. [A layout plan will be released soon to rebut this stupid argument]
DAP goons say 0.4 ha is too small for low-cost flat is another international joke. Actually what they mean is the land is too expensive to be allocated for Penang poor people because it’s a prime land beside Tune Hotel.
May be PR supporters should argue BN has more scandals, what is the big deal for LGE to do the same. PR four years in power already show tell-tale sign of corrupt and nontransparent governance. What if PR runs the government continually for 54 year like BN in Penang?
Well done BN Penang to make Taman Manggis land sale a hot issue. Rakyat didahulukan!
Penang BN: Letter shows area was earmarked for low-cost housing project
PETALING JAYA: The Penang Barisan Nasional has produced documents to prove its claims that the controversial sale of prime state land in George Town is indeed about “taking land from the poor to sell to the rich”.
State Barisan youth information chief H’ng Khoon Leng said Taman Manggis in the heart of George Town had clearly been earmarked for housing for the poor as stated in a letter sent by the state housing and local government director to the then State Secretary.
“We are prepared to show this official letter to the Chief Minister since he does not seem to be aware of it,” said Hng.
The letter, dated July 2003, indicated that the state exco had given the go-ahead for the second phase of the low cost housing on the land that has reportedly been sold to a company to build a health tourism project involving a hotel and private medical centre.
H’ng said the Pakatan Rakyat government was behaving like a “renegade Robin Hood”.
“Robin Hood took from the rich to give to the poor but they are taking land meant for the poor to sell to the rich,” said H’ng.
The first phase of the project was completed in 2006 and comprised 180 units of low cost housing as well as amenities such as a surau, community hall, garden and a guardhouse.
Plans were being drawn up for the second phase on the remaining area of 0.4ha when the Barisan government fell in 2008. The second phase would have comprised one block of about 160 units. A copy of the layout plan has also been made available to the media.
Barisan also alleged that the land was sold for RM11mil which was well below its market value of RM22mil, but Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng claimed that the land was too small for an affordable housing project and defended the sale as an open tender scheme.
Meanwhile, Penang Barisan chairman Teng Chang Yeow said it was waiting for an offer letter from the state government to buy the land for a public housing project.
Its chairman Teng Chang Yeow said several developers were willing to fund the purchase to ensure the poor had proper housing.
Since the Kuala Lumpur-based dental company that bought the land had yet to obtain the permit to build a private medical specialist centre, the state government had not transferred the land title to the buyer making it possible to accept Barisan’s offer.