The Penang State EXCO at is meeting on 7.9.2012 has decided a Special EXCO Committee on Cheap Land Sales of at least 4,000 acres of State Land by the previous state government. Penang State EXCO member for Local Government and Traffic Management will head this special EXCO committee and all government departments especially Land Office, the two local governments and Penang Development Corporation are directed to give full co-operation to Chow.
Cheap land sales or even land given for free by BN government came into focus when BN highlighted the PR state government’s sale by open competitive tender of the 1.1 acre piece of land in Taman Manggis for a private hospital project to promote medical tourism in Penang. Not just BN but Gerakan has lost all honour and credibility when BN Penang Chairman Teng Chang Yeow can not prove his claims that four of my EXCO members, my political secretary and myself had personal interest in the hospital project. And why did BN never announced to the press until now that the 1.1 acre piece was reserved for public housing in 2003 nor build from 2003-8, especially when the so-called public housing project was also not marked in the layout plans?
BN has clearly run out of political capital when it resorted to not only attacking members of my family but also my landlady. As the Taman Manggis land is by open tender, anyone can bid. Even my landlady or BN cronies can also bid and will be awarded if they pay the highest price. Why drag my landlady when she or her company did not even bid for the 1.1 acre piece of land?
For Koh Tsu Koon or Teng to say that he does not have government documents is dishonest when BN can produce alleged documents of Taman Manggis in 1993. Chow Kon Yeow would look into the more than 4,000 acres of state land or identify even more land that were sold cheaply or without open competitive tender such as:-
a) In the Tanjong Tokong Reclamation, under Agreements dated 1990 & 1999, the developer was given the right to reclaim and develop 980 acres of land off Tanjong Tokong at the price of RM 1 per square foot!
b) 750 acres of land in Batu Kawan was sold in 2004 at between RM3.05 to RM 4 per square feet.
c) As for the Jelutong Expressway, under Agreements dated 1997, 2002 & 2003, the developer was given the right to reclaim 325 acres of land in exchange for constructing the Jelutong Expressway at an estimated cost of RM300 million and cash payment of RM25.4 million. In other words, the total cost is RM325.4 million for 325 acres or the cost of reclaimed land at Jelutong Expressway is RM 1 million per acre or over RM 20 per square feet. What’s more the developer can pay RM 25.4 million over 10 years from 2005 up to 2015 – surely a record for length of payment period.
d) 80 acres of prime land in Pulau Jerejak was sold to Urban Development Authority(UDA) without open tender on 15 January 2001 for a lease period of 60 years at only RM 3.72 per square feet.
e) 1,600 acres of reclaimed land off Butterworth was given to Rayston free. Rayston only had to pay RM50 million reclamation cost and build a highway which they are paying through toll collections.
f) 18.7 acres land in Midlands Court and over 4 acres in Prangin Mall was sold by tender but not to the highest bidder. Instead for both sites, the 2nd highest bidder was selected.
g) 500 acres of reclaimed land awarded without open tender for the Penang Outer Ring Road(PORR) project
Finally if BN is sincere about building low-cost housing, why is it that BN did not fulfill its promise and plans to build two 17-storey block of low-cost flats on the present 1st Avenue and Traders Hotel sites? Selling state land cheaply caused financial losses to the people of Penang and were amongst the many reasons Gerakan lost all its seats and BN was rejected in the 2008 general elections.
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c) 日落洞高速公路在1997年、2002年及2003年的合同中，前朝政府让发展商以2540万令吉及一条价值3亿令吉的日落洞高速公路，进行填海发展325.4英亩的土地。换句话说，日落洞高速公路的325英亩地段总值3亿2540万令吉，或 1英亩100万令吉，或每平方尺20令吉。更何况，发展商可以用10年（2005年至2015年）偿还2540万令吉，这么长的偿还期，肯定破了偿还期限记录。
e) 免费赠送Rayston Consortium（北海）有限公司1600英亩的北海填海范围。Rayston 只需要缴付5千万令吉的填海费，以及承建一条大道的费用而已，而这些费用，也可以靠收过路费赚回的。
f) 为什么在Midlands Counrt 及柏兰宜广场地段的18.7英亩经过招标却不是最高价者得。而是把土地出售给第二高价的竞标者。
最后，如果国阵有诚意兴建廉价屋，为什么国阵没有履行诺言和计划，在之前的1st Avenue 及Traders Hotel 的原址兴建两座17层楼的廉价组屋？这让槟州人民造成巨大的损失，这也是为什么民政党失去所有议席及国阵在2008年全国大选被选民拒绝的原因。