Pakatan: MACC arrests in Ijok land deal attempt at discrediting Selangor govt

BY RAM ANAND
Subang MP R. Sivarasa called the arrests ‘totally unnecessary and clearly intended to be oppressive’ today. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 —The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) arrest of four individuals linked to the Ijok land deal controversy was an attempt to “tarnish” the reputation of the Selangor government, Pakatan Harapan leaders claimed.

PKR’s Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Amanah’s Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and former Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkifli Ahmad, in a joint statement, said the arrests of four individuals from a consulting company involved in the land deal were “unnecessary”.

The four were among seven people arrested by MACC this week over the land deal reportedly worth over RM1 billion, but the MPs said today that the consulting company instead had helped resolve the dispute over the land to provide an amicable solution for all parties involved.

“We consider their arrests as totally unnecessary and clearly intended to be oppressive,” Sivarasa said during a press conference outside Dewan Rakyat today.

The Ijok land deal came under the spotlight following allegations of improper conduct in the state government’s decision to return the land to two developers after it was seized during the administration of former MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

The Selangor state government and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali had since maintained that the deal was above board and done to help resolve the matter for a group of settlers who have been waiting for compensation from developers for over 10 years.

Azmin previously said that he had handed all documents regarding the deal to MACC.