Khalid admits backing developer’s bid for KL land

Amanah’s Khalid Samad has admitted backing a private property firm’s bid to overturn the revocation of approval for the transfer of a plot of land in Kuala Lumpur for a mixed development project in the city centre during his time as the federal territories minister under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

(MalaysiaNow) – The Shah Alam MP made the admission despite a policy by the PH government against ministers flexing their muscle in favour of private companies.

Khalid however justified his act, saying the project would benefit the urban poor as part of it was for affordable housing, adding that it was in line with the ministry’s goal of providing one million affordable homes in the capital city.

“This was because those in the low- and middle-income groups in Kuala Lumpur needed affordable housing as the price of ordinary homes was beyond their reach,” he said.

He said he gave instructions to his aide to follow up on the request by Saujana Beringin Sdn Bhd, a company whose web of ownership has been tracked to several individuals including the younger brother of a former prime minister, because he was not part of the land executive committee for Kuala Lumpur.

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