SD Plantation claims palace was used in Merlimau land deal
Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP) has filed a judicial review application to stop the compulsory acquisition of its 75ha land in Merlimau, Melaka, by a Taiwan-controlled company that claimed it was acting in the interest of the former Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, to compel it to sell the land at a below market value price of RM35.282 million.
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In the application sighted by The Edge Financial Daily, SDP claimed it had written to Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari several times — specifically on Oct 29, Nov 13, and March 25 this year — to appeal against the state-compelled acquisition. But there has been no reply from Adly’s office.
Hence, SDP said it was forced to file the application to the Melaka High Court yesterday, in the hope of gaining leave (permission) for the full merits of its application to be heard, with the aim of quashing the acquisition.
Actually, I've been alerted of this matter quite a while back.
Someone forwarded this to me on March 27, that was before SDP proceeded with the judicial review application;
At the land hearing this morning, the Land Administrator, Reduan Yap Abdullah, informed that the land acquisition will proceed as scheduled as he had received instructions from CM Melaka office.
The SDP legal team intervened by tendering letters sent to PM and CM, requesting for the hearing to be put on hold until they get a reply.
An official from GI A Resources interjected saying that he also has instructions to proceed and Land Administrator (LA) to issue the award.
The SDP team then objected on the grounds that the LA would be too hasty to proceed with the award without taking into consideration PNB's interest.
They also showed alternative sites for possible replacement but the GI A Resources representative said he will agree to such replacement at the Govt value of rm 3.59 psf and not SDP's rate of rm 8 psf. He also disagreed to have to tender for the replacement land.
The SDP team then pointed out to the LA that the Gazette to acquire will only expire in September 2020 and there's no need to rush.
The company's representative interjected that it had deposited RM 29 mil since 2017 and cannot wait any longer.
Representatives from Jasin Municipal Council then explained the site selection was because of its strategic location for planned mix development.
The SDP team argued that the replacement lands offered are equally strategic and can cater for what is planned. They also mentioned that there's a heritage house and 4 other bungalows on the land marked for acquisition.
The LA then asked for SDP's valuation report and received it at rm 65 million and bungalows at 5 million plus.
The Govt however valued the land and building at rm 35 mil and the LA said the award is final.
I was informed that the company had tried to do the same previously but was not entertained by the then BN State government.
This time, they seemed to be getting it their way with the Pakatan State government.
As for the Sultan of Kelantan's involvement, my sources said his name was "used" by his former aides.
My sources, in discussing the case, repeatedly mentioned two names they said were close to Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari, his senior private secretary Datuk Mariam Illias and a personal assistant by the name of Ashraf.
|So much for Amanah|
Actually, SDP was first informed about the "forced" land acquisition in September last year, whereby they managed to get a meeting with the Melaka CM Adly to discuss the matter.
Their second meeting was held in January where Adly told the SDP team that the state government had already received RM29 million from the investor and in fact had used it. He therefore can't stop the aquisition process.
This is wrong because the money is actually for paying up the land owner (SDP) if the deal goes through.
My sources said in that 2nd meeting, Adly told the SDP team to discuss with the developer and that the aquisition process will not proceed until an amicable deal can be struck. This however was not how it happened later.
SDP CEO TS Bakke Salleh had then wrote to PM, Dr Mahathir on the matter but nothing came out of it.
Well, that's quite troublesome, right?
MACC should go down to Melaka and check it out.
It's such a hanky panky. Talk so much about eradicating corruption and these sort of things happened.
And while they are at it, MACC should also check on a minister who recently requested 300acres of land from SDP for a SOCSO building. Why does he needs so much land just for a building?
Crazy la these people.
I got a few more of these things, but I think I should save it for later.