BUTTERWORTH – Penang state executive council member Dr Afif Bahardin today gave his statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) concerning the sale of Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda) land in Kampung Tok Keramat, Nibong Tebal near here.
Dr Afif, who is also Penang Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman, arrived at the Seberang Perai MACC office in Jalan Kampung Jawa here at 10.25 am and was accompanied by his counsel Ong Chin Wen, who is also Bukit Tengah assemblyman.
Dr Afif said he was contacted by the MACC last week, asking him to give his statement in the investigation into the Perda-owned land which was alleged to have been sold below the market price.
“We hope the case can be investigated in detail. I’m confident that the MACC is very professional and I trust the MACC’s integrity in investigating the case,” he told reporters before giving his statement for approximately 35 minutes at the MACC office.
On April 7, Dr Afif represented the DAP-led Penang government in lodging a report to the MACC concerning the issue and named Perda chairman Datuk Shabudin Yahaya, who is also Tasek Gelugor Member of Parliament, as the individual responsible for causing the sale of Perda-owned land below the market price.
At a press conference on April 1, Shabudin said Perda sold the land at the price of RM1.42 million with a condition that developer must build more low-cost and affordable houses to be sold at a price between RM42,000 and RM72,000.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was reported as saying that according to the Inland Revenue Board’s assessment, the overall value of the 3.4-hectare land was RM16.6 million.
It is learnt that several other individuals, including Perda management members, will also be called to facilitate in the investigation. – BERNAMA