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Fatwa Council Never Discussed Tabung Haji Land Deal: Perlis Mufti

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PETALING JAYA: The National Fatwa Council never discussed Lembaga Tabung Haji’s land deal with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

In a Facebook posting on Sunday night, Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said there had been no meetings on the matter since he took office and become a member of the council on Feb 1.

“Since I held the position as Perlis mufti and a member of the National Fatwa Council on Feb 1, I never attended any meetings by the council on the 1MDB investment.

“That is all I can say to those who have e-mailed me about this,” he said, referring to a claim by Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim that the council had decided that the purchase was syariah-compliant.

The pilgrimage fund has come under fire from various quarters for purchasing a parcel of land at the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) from 1MDB at an alleged “inflated” price of RM188.5mil.

Tabung Haji had defended the decision to purchase the land, saying that it had forked out RM188.5mil for the 1.6-acre (0.64ha) parcel while its fair value was RM194mil.

On Saturday, the fund said three firms were interested in buying the plot of land and that it expected to seal a deal within a fortnight.

Abdul Azeez said Tabung Haji was acting on the advice of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to end the controversy.-The Star

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