Selangor refutes claims of 'worthless land'

PETALING JAYA - The Selangor government has refuted an accusation that it bought several other plots of "worthless" land in Ulu Yam.

Selangor executive councillor Teresa Kok said Kumpulan Hartanah Selangor Berhad (KHSB)'s subsidiary SAP Holdings Berhad had never purchased any land from Talam Corporation as the land is owned by SAP.

She said the previous Selangor Barisan Nasional government had alienated the Ulu Yam land to Yayasan Selangor and SAP is the owner of the alienated lands.

SAP then entered into a joint-venture agreement subject to planning approval with a subsidiary of Talam to develop the land.

"The lands are Class 3 and Class 4 slopes (the slopes are above 25° and 35°) and hence the planning approval was not granted. SAP and Talam had no other option but to end the joint-venture agreement.

"SAP has never purchased the lands from Talam as the lands are owned by SAP.

"SAP had taken back the said lands through their lawyers in December 2008," she said in a statement yesterday.

She was responding to MCA Young Professionals Bureau chairman Datuk Chua Tee Yong who had alleged on Friday that Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government had bought several plots of "worthless" land.

Chua had said the 161.9ha wide parcels were unprofitable because there was "very little" development potential despite its proximity - less than 8km away - from Ulu Yam Baru.

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