KUALA LUMPUR – Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan has released some tough questions for Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at their planned debate.
Among the questions he has drafted include one asking why Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC) was awarded the Taman Manggis land when it had negative assets and there were doubts by auditors as to whether it could even continue as a going concern.
Abdul Rahman also questioned why Lim said the land was too small for a 17-floor block of flats but was big enough for a 30-floor hotel and medical centre, pointing out that the housing project would have benefitted poor and low-income Penangites.
Although an advisory panel of the MalayÂsian Anti-Corruption CommisÂsion (MACC) had asked for the debate to be cancelled, both Abdul RahÂman, the Urban WellÂbeing, Housing and Local GovernÂment Minister, and Lim want it to go on.
â€œThis debate will not jeopardise MACCâ€™s investigation. Perhaps it may even assist (in the investigation),â€ said Abdul Rahman, urging the panel to reconsider its stand.
Lim, the Penang chief minister, said he respected certain partiesâ€™ views for the debate to be called off.
â€œBut it is fair to proceed with the debate in the spirit of healthy democracy and in the interest of seeking truth based on facts,â€ he said in a statement.
If the debate goes on, Lim will have a lot of answering to do.
Rahman has asked why the Penang state government still approved the planning and building approvals to KLIDC although KLIDC had zero employees and no revenues â€“ even to the extent of renewing and extending the Taman Manggis leasehold terms up to the maximum allowable 99 years in April 2015.
â€œDo you agree that the commercial value of the Taman Manggis land would have increased substantially after the state government changed the land use conditions from 100% medical centre to one that allowed a 30-storey high-rise complex comprising 70% hotels/service apartment and 30% medical centre in just one year?â€ Abdul Rahman asked on his Facebook page.
He said Barisan Nasionalâ€™s â€œtimely exposureâ€ might have stopped the â€œback door saleâ€ of the land, based on the stamped and signed share-sales agreements.
He also wanted Lim to apologise to him for calling him Menteri Khabar Angin (Minister of Rumours), as KLDIC owner Datuk Tang Yong Chew had confirmed that the sale agreements were indeed signed. – MyNewsHub/The Star