19 August 2018

Loga Bala Mohan denies involved in land deals

Loga Bala Mohan denies involved in land deals
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Federal Territories deputy Minister Datuk Loga Bala Mohan said he welcomed the authorities to investigate him over the sale of 64 parcels of land to the Federal Territories Foundation since 2013.

"Feel free to investigate me because my conscience is clear. Personally, I have nothing to hide.

"First of all, I want to clarify that my KPI was mainly to clear housing, licencing issue involving the public, like getting the squatters a proper house and PPR (housing for the poor) units.

"I had nothing to do with the tenders or land deals when I was the FT deputy minister," he said.

He was commenting on the report lodged by Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng against former FT minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on the sale of land parcels.

Lim had lodged a report at the MACC office at Jalan Cochrane on the matter this morning.

At a press conference after lodging the report, Lim said he told the MACC that the first individual they should investigate was Tengku Adnan, because he had approved the sale of the land.

“He was also involved with the foundation. Basically, (there was) conflict (of interest).

“Maybe Loga Bala and the mayor (should) be investigated (too), as they are part of the foundation,” he had told reporters after lodging the report.

Lim said that since 2013, 64 lands measuring a total of 171.7ha worth RM4.28 billion were sold without open tender.

“Furthermore, it was said that the lots were to provide affordable homes for the people.

“However, upon further checks, we found that only a part of (the lots was allotted) for the purpose (of affordable homes),”

“We are not against the housing projects and purchasers. (But) we want to look at the transactions,” he said.

Loga Bala said decisions on such matters were handled by the minister and those designated by him to the task.

"Since a report has been lodged it is best the authorities conduct their investigations," he said, adding that he left the foundation as the deputy chairman in 2016.

Loga Bala added that he felt a little taken aback by the overall accusation and the generalisation by certain quarters, especially those who had newly come into power.

He said they were putting everyone from the old adminstration in a bad light.

"Many people have sincerely carried out their responsibilities and work but to make general accusations and dropping names is not ethical or appropriate.

“If you are unhappy and find any irregularities in a project or deal, report it to the authorities, there is no need to name people openly without evidence.

"I feel it is unfair and unbecoming of a lawmaker and a professional such as Lim to simply drop names," he said.

He said Lim's actions had given the public a negative impression and created doubts about a person's credibility.

"This puts those who really served and worked for the people in a bad light," he said.

Tengku Adnan could not be contacted for comments.


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