The land arrangement that cost the 30-year-old Brickfields district police station to be abandoned has to be explained in detail by Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Minister Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.
This is because, the land where the police station and police housing units stood has been given to a developer with a link to an Umno senator , Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said when making the demand.
"The minister must disclose the exact land swap arrangement," Nurul told a press conference outside the old Brickfields district police station site.
"The land, PT 20 (Lot 18) Seksyen 94A Bandar Kuala Lumpur (BKL) remained in the ownership of the Federal Territory Land Commissioner as of March 2, but it will eventually be transferred to private entity Primamuda Holdings Sdn Bhd.
"The arrangement is for this institutional land to be swapped in exchange for the development of the new Jalan Travers police station and a replacement district police station," she said.
The Lembah Pantai MP added that the Umno senator, Mariany Mohamad Yit, is a director in Primamuda Holdings. Mariany is also Bukit Bintang Wanita Umno chief and had once served on the advisory board of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
'Land deal legitimate'
However, Mariany has maintained that the land deal is legal and "legitimate".
In a press statement on Aug 3, Nurul Izzah had highlighted more controversies about the land deal.
She said she spotted a signboard on the project site that indicated the old district police station land, which remains gazetted as institutional land, would be developed for commercial purposes.
Subsequently, she said, three newspaper articles also pointed to the change in the intended use of the institutional land, and also raised the concerns of Brickfields residents as to why no police station was being built there.
Citing two newspaper articles dated July 16, Nurul Izzah said these indicated that Nong Chik had assured the Brickfields residents that a new police station would be rebuilt on the same site.
"Many were shocked to witness with their own eyes that the signboard on the site states there is a plan to change the status of the institutional land to commercial land.
"Instead of building a new police station, the land will be used for mixed development," Nurul Izzah had said in her Aug 3 statement.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who was also at the press conference, said he would raise this issue at the coming parliamentary meeting on Sept 24 and with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as well.
"I hope MACC will investigate this land development more throughly so that the disposal process and the market price of this land follows the right procedures," Fong said.
‘Replace police beat with proper police station'
Nurul Izzah reiterated that a proper police station should be set up to adequately serve the needs of the residents in Brickfields instead of imposing a "planned police beat" on them.
"Anything less would be a disservice and a betrayal of public service," she said.
A Brickfields resident, S Raymond, also questioned the rationale of the government in building the mixed development project at the former district police station site.
"What is the main reason for the district police headquarters to be moved about 20km away (to Sri Petaling) from this location?
"Brickfields, also known as Little India, is also where KL Sentral, a key transportation for the country, is located. Can a small police station meet the needs of this densely-populated and high crime-prone district?" Raymond asked.
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