Residents claim conflict of interest in development

By Jonathan Edward
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PUTRAJAYA, March 31 — Residents of Taman Tiara Titiwangsa lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over alleged conflict of interest in a development project being approved by Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

The report comes following claims that mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz was in conflict of interest over his role in the development of a high density residential project in their area.

They claim the mayor, who overseas the approving authority for the development of land in the city was also a director of a company that owns the land where the project is to take shape.

Residents' association president Datuk Mohd Yusof A Bakar said the land in question is owned by Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan.

Mhd Amin, residents claim, is not only a trustee but also a director of the foundation which is also registered as a business entity.

He claims checks with the Companies Commission of Malaysia, showed the foundation is registered as a business and the trustees, including the mayor, are directors.

“This was not disclosed to us during a hearing on the project which was held in City Hall last month,” he said.

Resident association committee member Slyvester Navaratnam said he hopes MACC would investigate the case as he claimed it was “serious”

“During the hearing with City Hall officials on Febeuary 27, it was not made known to us that the mayor was a director of Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan,” he said.

Efforts to obtain comments from Mhd Amin were unsuccessful.

On March 13, Malay Mail reported that Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan had appointed developers Lakaran Ceria Sdn Bhd to build two 51-storey apartment blocks comprising 1,702 units and another 40-storey block with 460 units of affordable homes.

The developer had since applied to change the current people per acre plot ratio from 60 to 800, to the dismay of residents who said the move would add congestion to the area.

According to the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 the land in question had been marked for a sewerage plant.

Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan chief executive officer Datuk Roslan Hassan in an earlier interview with Malay Mail said there is no conflict of interest on the role played by the trustees.

He had during the interview said no one on the board or in the foundation benefited from the project.