‘But Rahman, court says you had no power to do so’

‘But Rahman, court says you had no power to do so’

Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s explanation that he acted within his powers as local government, housing and urban wellbeing minister in the BHL Group of Companies case does not hold water as the court found otherwise, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said.

Rahman, who is now Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, is accused of abusing his power in his previous cabinet post when in 2014 he allowed the extension of a construction of residential complexes by 12 months, relieving BHL of paying liquidated and ascertained damages to home buyers.

“The court ruling has stated clearly that the minister has no power under Section 24 of the Housing and Development (Control and Licensing) Act, to empower housing controllers to waive or change any of the terms and conditions of the prescribed statutory agreement. What ‘power’ is the minister harping about?

“What is, however, most important, is the fact that Rahman had insisted that his decision was based on the ‘merits’ of the case.

“However, in his statement, the minister failed to specify even a single instance of such a ‘merit’ to justify his decision, which had rubbed salt onto the wounds of the house-buyers,” Pua said.

In a police report filed on Wednesday, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy alleged that Rahman abused his powers by extending the construction period after receiving a letter signed by Fatimah Begum KA Abdul Kader from BHL.

Fatimah is attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali’s wife. Apandi was appointed AG in 2015.

Ramasamy also said Faridah Begum had misrepresented herself as a director of BHL Group of Companies.

‘But Rahman, court says you had no power to do so’
4 Mar 2017 – Malaysiakini


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