IPOH: The decision to allow any development or issue any planning approval on a piece of land sold in Seri Iskandar that was proposed for an international airport falls under the local council, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad (pic).
This case came under the purview of the Perak Tengah District Council, he said.
“So for this matter, the power lies with the council president and we will leave it to him to decide what is right,” he said after launching the Perak Disabled Sports Development policy yesterday.
Saarani was asked to comment on Perak Public Accounts Committee member Chong Zhemin requesting that he immediately suspend the planning approval and stop any sort of development on said land.
On the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating the land sale, Saarani said: “It is their responsibility to investigate. We will fully cooperate when needed. The state government is transparent; all required information will be provided accordingly.”
On Tuesday, four state executive council members in the previous Pakatan Harapan government called on the MACC to investigate the sale of the 188ha plot of land belonging to the Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP) to a private company.
They claimed that the matter was never discussed at the state executive council or PKNP board of directors’ meetings during the Pakatan administration.
Last Thursday, Saarani said the land was sold when Pakatan was in power because during the Barisan Nasional administration, the land was reserved for PKNP for the purpose of building an airport.The matter came to light after Aulong assemblyman Nga Kor Ming claimed during the state assembly sitting on March 29 that the land had been sold without state permission.