‘Only RM200m paid for land worth RM1b’

Bandar Kuching DAP MP Chong Chieng Jen wants an inquiry to be setup to look into all the lands given to the Taib Mahmud’s family companies.

Leven Woon, FMT

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud continued to come under the spotlight for allegations of corruptions, with opposition members today claiming his family members had obtained 23 parcel of lands worth RM1 billion at RM200 million.

Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen claimed that the lands located in Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Mukah were transacted to Taib’s family between 2000 and 2010.

The 23 parcel of lands totalled 3,8255.25ha.

He claimed that the beneficiary companies included those belonging to Taib’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir, brother Ibrahim Mahmud, daughters Jamilah Hamidah and Hanifah Hajar, daughter-in-law Anisa Hamidah Abdullah, sister Raziah Mahmud and brother-in-law Robert Geneid.

“Most of them formed shell companies specially to receive the lands. This is just the tip of iceberg,” he told a joint press conference by five Sarawak DAP parliamentarians at the Parliament’s lobby today.

Responding to the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission which formed a 10-men panel yesterday to investigate Taib’s graft claims, Chong said such move was merely “window dressing”.

He said this was because the formation of such panel has been long delayed after MACC announced that they had opened a file on Taib in June 2011.