Paya Indah Wetlands Issue: SAMM Claims To Know Azmin’s Proxy

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KUALA LUMPUR – Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) has claimed that a member of the youth wing of the Gombak PKR division is a proxy of Selangor Mentri Besar in the issue concerning the conversion of status of a 619ha parcel of land in the Paya Indah Wetland area.

The non-governmental organisation’s coordinator Badrul Hisham Shaharin claimed that the close ties between Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also the head of the division, and the individual concerned resulted in the proxy gaining access to interact and influence state executive councillors (excos) at the state executive council (Ecxo) meetings.

He also questioned how the individual knew exactly that the application for change in status of the land would be discussed at the State Exco meeting on Feb 17, 2015, unless if he had used his connection with the menteri besar.

“We have copies of messages the person sent through the WhatsApp application to excos saying it was the 26th item on the agenda which would be discussed in the Exco Meeting and asked that the application be supported and approved.

“This could explain their support for the application whereas they were the same officials who had rejected the conversion of the land’s status before this,” he told reporters before submitting documents and evidence that he claimed backed SAMM’s allegations to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here today.

Badrul Hisham, who is better known as CheguBard, said confidential documents on the conversion of the land status from agriculture to development had been handed over to the MACC to enable further investigations to be conducted, thus saving the Paya Indah Wetlands which had previously been declared as a world heritage forest area.

Meanwhile, commenting on news reports that he had been sacked as a PKR member, the former head of Rembau PKR said he would have a meeting with the party leadership soon to get confirmation as the situation was still confusing.

Asked if he felt his sacking was due to his exposing the alleged scandal, Badrul Hisham said he never regretted speaking the truth. — Bernama