GEORGE TOWN: A total of 2,178.72ha of land has been sold off in Penang since the DAP took over the state in 2008.
Penang Gerakan acting youth chief Jason Loo claimed this, saying that the DAP state government has been selling off state lands to private developers to build high-density condominiums for rich investors.
Describing it as alarming, Loo said what is even more worrying is the establishment of the Chief Minister Incorporation (CMI) by the DAP state government in 2009 which acts as “an easier platform” for the state government to sell lands to private developers.
Loo listed out 16 different pieces of land in the island and mainland that were allegedly sold off by the state.
“The lands sold on the island were Taman Manggis to KLIDC (0.44ha), Bayan Mutiara to Ivory (40.8ha), Gurney Drive to Zenith (44ha), Permatang Damar Laut to SRS (1800ha), Bayan Bay to Ideal (9.88ha), Bayan Lepas to Temasek (2.64ha), Pulau Jerejak to Ideal (32ha) and Peel Avenue to Island Hospital (2.56ha).
“The lands sold on the mainland were Batu Kawan to PE Land (16ha), Batu Kawan to Aspen (98ha), Batu Kawan to Paramount (12ha), Batu Kawan to PKT (28ha), Batu Kawan to Temasek (80ha), Batu Kawan to Jabil (8ha), Juru to Westlite (2.64ha) and Bukit Minyak to Westlite (1.76ha),” he told a press conference here today.
He said it would not be impossible for Penangites to be left with nothing should every single inch of state-owned land be sold off quietly.
“This is why I have been continuously raising issues pertaining to land sale in Penang, particularly the sale of Peel Avenue land by CMI.
“Although I have been sued by the chief minister as a way to silent me from voicing out on the land deal, till my last breath, I will be fighting for the interest of Penangites,” added Loo.
However he insisted that it was not his intention to defame anyone, namely Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, by raising questions on the lands sold off by the state.
He reasoned that he was only asking what he described as fair and reasonable questions about the sale of Peel Avenue.
Loo is currently facing three defamation suits filed by Lim on Feb 21 and 28 over statements made by the former on the sale of Peel Avenue land on May 29 last year.
“I will be discussing with my lawyer, Kek Boon Wei, to strike out the three suits.
“We will discuss on what grounds to strike out the suits before filing it,” he said.