State to wait for panel's finding on status of PKNS field
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government has decided to give itself more time before deciding on the land zone status of a field in Kelana Jaya and several areas under the Petaling Jaya Local Plan 2 (RTPJ2), which were changed under dubious circumstances.
It has now resorted to wait for suggestions from the Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) to reveal its findings on the matter.
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said any final decision on the status of the land zone status under the plan, which includes the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) field in Kelana Jaya, from recreational to commercial, would be based on the recommendations by the committee.
Khalid, who is also PKNS chairman, said the action should be taken to find the best solution for the issue.
"At the moment, planning permission for the development of the PKNS field site has been rejected by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)'s One Stop Committee, which met on June 8.
"This is because the application made by PKNS is not consistent with the RTPJ2 report," he said when replying to Sulaiman Abdul Razak (BN-Permatang) at the state assembly, here, yesterday.
Selcat chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim had suggested that the state government revoke the gazette on the RTPJ2.
During the three-day hearing last week, Selcat took to task the Selangor Town and Country Planning Department and the MBPJ as it tried to find out who had changed the land zone status under the plan.
Khalid also defended PKNS' policy of setting high prices of housing projects in the state.
He said the pricing of PKNS housing projects was based on market prices to enable the state government to earn profits.
"How come private developers can sell (at prices according to the market), but PKNS can't? When competing, the (property) value is determined by market prices."
Khalid insisted that even if PKNS sold a property at RM1 million, there would still be buyers. He was replying to a supplementary question by Sulaiman on why houses offered by PKNS were overpriced.
Sulaiman said PKNS, being part of the state government entity, should control the prices of its properties to benefit the people of Selangor.