Nothing Dubious In Ampang Project, All Above Board – State Secretary 

This photo, taken from the internet, is believed to be the 3Towers project in Ampang Hilir, in which the Sabah State government has a stake in.
This photo, taken from the internet, is believed to be the 3Towers project in Ampang Hilir, in which the Sabah State government has a stake in.

BY BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – The State government has denied anything dubious about the mixed development project in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, saying it was done above board and with the approval of the Sabah Cabinet.

Sukarti Wakiman
Sukarti Wakiman

“The Chief Minister, as the head of the State Government, is the trustee of the land in question,” said Sabah State Secretary, Tan Sri Sukarti Haji Wakiman in a statement Wednesday.

“Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) requires that ownership of land on signages for such development reflects the ownership stated on the land title.”

Sukarti said on the issue of the signage which indicates that the land ownership belongs to Ketua Menteri Sabah, Jabatan Ketua Menteri Sabah (Sabah Chief Minister, Chief Minister’s Department), common sense should prevail that this ownership belongs to a post, and not an individual.

According to Sukarti, the land privatization agreement to develop a state land for a mix development project in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, was executed in 1997.

“However, the project never took off and was delayed for many years,” he said.

“In 2009, the State Government called for the developer to give a comprehensive briefing on the nature and status of the project.

“After much study, the State Government was of the opinion that instead leaving the project to be delayed indefinitely, it should be revived but with better terms and conditions.”

According to Sukarti, the State Government through the State Economic Planning Unit (EPU) renegotiated for better terms and conditions especially in terms of getting more attractive returns for the State.

The proposal was then presented and approved by the State Cabinet.

This signboard gives all the necessary particulars from land owner, to developer to contractor and others involved in the project. Azis, left and Junz Wong, Warisan’s vice president stand in front of it.
Azis, left and Junz Wong, Warisan’s vice president in front of the signboard that had details of the project owner etc. Azis wanted clarifications from the government with regards to the project.

On Tuesday, Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) Youth chief, Dato’ Azis Jamman had queried the signage in front of the development in swanky Ampang, and asked the State government to provide the necessary clarifications.

Azis and Warisan vice president, Junz Wong said they visited the project site last week and observed it was about 70 per cent completed structurally.

They also did not know how much the project was worth.

The signboard and a search on the internet showed the project by developers Sri Donglai Sdn Bhd is called 3 Towers and is a mixed development project along Jalan Ampang.

It comprises office suites, a hotel and SoHo that are spread over three blocks of towers.

Full Statement by Sabah State Secretary, YB Tan Sri Sukarti Haji Wakiman.

The land privatization agreement to develop a state land for a mix development project in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, was executed in 1997.

However, the project never took off and was delayed for many years.

In 2009, the State Government called for the developer to give a comprehensive briefing on the nature and status of the project.

After much study, the State Government was of the opinion that instead leaving the project to be delayed indefinitely, it should be revived but with better terms and conditions.

Hence, the State Government through the State Economic Planning Unit (EPU) renegotiated for better terms & conditions especially in terms of getting more attractive returns for the State.

The proposal was then presented and approved by the State Cabinet.

Regarding the issue of the signage which indicates that the  land ownership belonging to Ketua Menteri Sabah, Jabatan Ketua Menteri Sabah(Sabah Chief Minister, Chief Minister Department), common sense should prevail that this ownership belongs to a post, and not an individual.

Hence, the Chief Minister as the head of the State Government is the trustee of  the land in question.

Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) requires that ownership of land on signages for such development reflects the ownership stated on the land title.

Hence, there is nothing dubious about this project as it was done above board with the approval of the State Cabinet.