SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) will decide this Wednesday on whether there are grounds which warrant an investigation and public hearing into the alleged Kampung Sungai Yu land misappropriation.
Permatang assemblyman Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Razak, who is a Selcat member, said the committee came to the decision to discuss the matter again following their first meeting earlier this week that was chaired by Speaker Hannah Yeoh.
Sulaiman said Selcat committee members could not reach a consensus on whether the Kampung Sungai Yu case should be probed or otherwise.
“Next Wednesday, the committee will decide if Selcat should pursue the case or have another select committee probe it or even decide if there is a case in the first place.
We are currently at the fact finding stage after letters requesting in-depth answers were sent to the parties involved in the awarding of the Kampung Sungai Yu land such as the Kuala Selangor land and district offices as well as the state exco Ganabatirau Veraman.
“In a meeting held earlier this week, I have tabled and argued this issue, of which the land earmarked for the Indian community was supposed to be awarded only to the original residents of Kampung Sungai Yu but instead were given to outsiders.
"This is worrying as this is happening in my constituency and constituents are deprived of their own right.
“To me, the concerns aired by the residents that multiple lands are given to one family and outsiders from other states are facts and not mere allegations,” Sulaiman told the New Straits Times today.
Sulaiman added that in the meeting, Yeoh had said that the answers given by the exco during the recent Selangor state legislative assembly were not convincing.
“She also said a lot of my questions raised were unanswered by the exco.”
Meanwhile, Yeoh said a decision on the matter will be made in the meeting on Wednesday.
“It will be made when the documents come in from respective agencies including the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the state govt,” she told the New Straits Times.
Kampung Sungai Yu Residents Action Group chairman M. Purusothman had earlier alleged that out of 175, only 61 recipients are genuine Kampung Sungai Yu residents while the rest are outsiders coming from as far as Johor, Penang, Melaka, Perak and Negeri Sembilan.
At the sidelines of the recently concluded Selangor state legislative assembly, Sulaiman said four points in the written answers provided by the state on the land distribution during the sitting were the basis on why the matter must be investigated.
Sulaiman said the written answers contained misleading information where 18 recipients have fake MyKad, a majority of recipients are not Permatang constituents and are from outside of Selangor.
The written answers also contained information that multiple plots of land were awarded to a single family when they are supposed to receive only one plot and unqualified recipients that do not fit the requirements stipulated by the state government are also part of the list.
During the sitting, Ganabatirau also told the house that the police and MACC from the Shah Alam and Putrajaya offices had gone to the Kuala Selangor district and land office to seek information and had taken along with them several documents.