Monday, May 13, 2019

Questionable Deals on MINDEF Land Swaps

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu on Thursday said investigations conducted on MINDEF land swaps showed that thirteen of the sixteen deals involved his predecessor Hishammuddin Hussein (left) as well as the previous prime minister Najib Razak (far left).  

These land swaps reportedly took place at Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur, Tanah Batu Uban in Penang, Bukit Raja in Selangor, Plentong in Johor, Tanah Rata in Pahang, Bandar Kinrara, Selangor and Stampin, Sarawak. 

Mohamad (left) said that scrutinies by the Governance, Procurement and Finance Investigating Committee headed by former Auditor General Ambrin Buang that were carried out from July to December last year discovered losses and leakages through 16 land-swap projects involving 1,186ha of military land and a loss of more than RM500 million. 

The implementation of the land swap deals was not planned thoroughly, and no proper due diligence was conducted when appointing developers, resulting in uncompleted projects, completed projects of unsatisfactory quality and projects not even started. 

There was also “outrageous interference for political interest” and in choosing the land swap locations specifically to help BN politicians win votes, as was widely reported regarding four camps – Hutan Melintang in Perak, Segamat and Paloh in Johor, and Bera in Pahang. 

It is even more despicable when some of the camps had to be closed down after the general election. 

More dirt is being dug up and I’m getting really tired of these UMNO politicians whose one philosophy in life seems to be guided by boundless greed. 

On Sunday, Rangers secured back-to-back home wins over Celtic for the first time in seven years with a dominant and determined display against the Scottish champions. They beat Celtic 2-0. 

Steven Gerrard's side got the ideal start as James Tavernier's free-kick deceived Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain with only two minutes gone at Ibrox. And then in the sixty-third minute, Rangers’ Scott Arfield finished off a fine, flowing move to finish the game. 

The Old Firm derby win takes Rangers to within six points of their city rivals, but with the Scottish Premiership title already returning to Celtic Park – it more importantly signals the former’s intent ahead of next season.

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