Honestly, I had intended to lay my trust on PM DS Najib Razak to do the necessary to stop the excesses in Johor.
Thus my long break from writing about my home state.
However, a friend from JB sent me this picture just now, which made my blood boiled;
I simply have to write about it.
Okay, these billboards are located near the entrance of the Causeway into JB from Singapore.
The one on the right welcomes people from Singapore into the country while the one on the left advertises the Tanjong Puteri property development in Stulang.
Sorry that the picture is a bit small, but if you can zoom in at the Tanjong Puteri billboard, you may see that it advertises the property as being FREE HOLD. There were also phone numbers of the property agents in Malaysia and Singapore.
The whole thing is akin to welcoming Singaporeans and telling them that they can buy property in JB which they can own forever. Selagi ada bulan dan bintang kinda deal.
Aren't we Malaysians very nice people?
Come! Come! Buy my country! You can have it forever! We don't mind one!
Something like that.
By the way, this Tanjong Puteri property project is being developed by a mainland Chinese company on the land where the old CIQ of the Causeway was located.
How the hell the company acquired that piece of land and had it turned into a FREE HOLD land is anybody's guess.
Don't ask me, okay.
Ask Johor MB DS Mohd Khaled Nordin. He's the main man of Johor now, so, he should know.
Well, never mind. Actually, the whole stretch of coastal land from Stulang, all the way to the Second Link is turning the same way - FREE HOLD land, sold or about to be sold to foreign interests.
My friend who sent me the picture wrote the following in his Wassap message to me: (Note: You all who don't understand Malay, do go and get a Kamus Dewan if you want to understand him, okay.)
Bila tanah dah dijajah....beginilah jadinya. Tanah kawasan CIQ lama ni sekarang milik syarikat R&F daripada negara Cina. Tanah hak milik kekal diiklankan di lokasi strategik berhampiran pintu masuk Causeway menghubungkan Malaysia dan Singapura....tanah ni terletak di Stulang dalam parliament JB...
Hak milik kekal itu sebenarnya untuk siapa?
Nama syarikat yang membeli Guangzhou R&F China. R&F maksudnya Rich and Famous.
Tangki najis dia orang ni (pembangunan persisir pantai ni) dicadangkan dibangunkan di sebelah Kampung Skudai Kiri....kawasan yang menempatkan penyokong2 kuat kerajaan BN. Plan pembangunan tangki najis dan kumbahan telah dihantar ke MBJB untuk approval. Irda, dan pihak berkuasa kerajaan MBJB, JPS dan lain2 sebagai pihak planner dan pelaksana tak boleh berbuat apa2keatas projek mega ini. Adakah semua perancangan ini sudah termaktub dalam pelan perancangan induk Iskandar Malaysia? Celik la hoiii!
Okay, you all got the picture?
That's how JB is these days.
Anyway, in case any of you readers have direct access to Johor MB Khaled Nordin, please ask him whether the followings are true:
1.The Chinese developer of Country Garden, which is another coastal property project along the Tebrau Straits had paid almost RM900 per sq ft for the FREE HOLD land.
2. The State government however only received less than RM50 per sq ft from that amount.
3. The Khaled administration had later asked the developer an additional 30 sen per sq ft for a fishermen fund in an effort to showcase how the project is being benefitted by the poor fishermen in the area whose source of livelihood has been negatively affected by all the reclamation works and pollution associated with the project.
Yes, the State government received less than RM50 per sq ft while the fishermen received 30 sen per sq ft.
Now, what happened to the rest of the almost RM900 per sq ft paid by the Chinese developer?
Ada toyol sudah curi ka?
Go and ask Khaled Nordin what happened to the rest of the money.
Again, he should know all the answers.
If you don't know how Khaled looks like, this is him:
Khaled, that's the people being screwed. You, as the MB should be protecting them, okay.