Jamal questions Azmin on Paya Indah Wetlands project

 |Apr 26, 2017
Red Shirt leader (left) speaking to newsmen at the Paya Indah Wetlands project area.

Red Shirt leader Jamal Md Yunos has questioned Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali on the latter’s approval of the Paya Indah Wetlands development project as it was never approved during Barisan Nasional’s (BN) rule.

Speaking to newsmen after a tour at the project area with his 4WD vehicle today, he said the project was also not approved during the time of former Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

“There is this company which I don’t wish to name, applied to develop this place and it was turned down by former Menteri Besar Mohamad Khir Toyo due to environmental reasons and during Khalid’s time, for the same reasons.

“But it was different with Azmin. When the company sold the land to Gamuda Berhad, he approved the township development in two weeks,” said Jamal.

The Umno Sungai Besar division chief claimed that a ‘reliable source’ had told him the total project value was RM30 billion and 10% of the project amount would be channelled to the Selangor government.

“I want Azmin Ali to reveal if this was the reason behind the rush in approving the Gamuda township development project.

“My source also told me the 10% which amounts to RM3 billion will be used for the coming 14th General Election (GE14).

“Let me make it clear here. I am not accusing Azmin. I am just asking him. He should come clean on the rush to approve this Gamuda project,” he said.

Jamal also questioned the Selangor government if it was planning to fund itself with part of the proceeds earned from the Paya Indah Wetlands development project.

Jamal also voiced concerns on environmental issues if the forest was developed.

“As it is we have flooding problems around this area,” he said.

Jamal earlier took all media personnel present for a ride on pick-up trucks and 4WDs deep into the Paya Indah Wetlands to show how the township development project would affect the state resources and the environment.

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