TRX land sold to 1MDB at bumi’s expense

The prime Tun Razak Exchange land which 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is now selling in parcels to repay its debt was initially sold to the firm at the expense of bumiputeras.

PAS research centre director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (photo) pointed out that prior to 1MDB’s ownership, the TRX land was held by Pelaburan Hartanah Berhad (PHB), formerly known as Pelaburan Hartanah Bumiputera Berhad.

“The land was granted to PHB during former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s time with the intention to develop the land and for the bumiputera community to have the opportunity to own prime real estate through shares that PHB would issue,” he said.

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in a blog posting on May 8, had mentioned that the land was initially meant for a “bumiputera trade centre” but did not elaborate.

“Why and who instructed and made certain that PHB’s trophy asset is sold to 1MDB?” asked Dzulkefly.

PHB is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yayasan Amanah Hartanah Bumiputera, a foundation created under Abdullah and owned by the government.

Dzulkefly pointed out that the widely reported RM194.11 million paid by 1MDB for the land also did not entirely go to the government as some of the cost was used to clear a caveat on the land.

May 15, 2015 – Malaysiakini
TRX land sold to 1MDB at bumi’s expense


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