DAP man under scrutiny
A DAP state assemblyman and his brother were given a 60-year lease on a piece of agriculture land in Bukit Mertajam with an 80% discount on the premium, claimed Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Huan Cheng Guan.
He claimed that the land, measuring about 1ha at Jalan Song Ban Kheng, was leased to Padang Lalang assemblyman Tan Cheong Heng, 50, and his brother, Datuk Tang Chong Hock, 51, effective July 2011.
He said a photocopy of a land search on the plot, together with an accompanying land map, was left in his letterbox recently.
Huan claimed that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had stated that DAP leaders would not be allowed to apply for state land after Pakatan Rakyat took over Penang following the 2008 general election.
“Since everyone will be busy with the 2012 Budget today, I am giving Lim three days till Monday to reply to this allegation, failing which I will go to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” he told a press conference at the PCM headquarters in Chai Leng Park, near here, yesterday.
Huan said he did not have anything personal against the assemblyman but merely questioned the rationale behind such a thing which he claimed contradicted Lim’s Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) policy.
Lim was quoted in a 2008 report as saying that DAP MPs and state assemblymen were banned from applying for land in Penang.
Cheong Heng said the land was a family inheritance from his late maternal grandfather Ng Hak Chooi @ Eng Hup Chooi who held a 30-year lease on the plot.
“My mother, Eng Siew Im, who is the only child in her family, was named the sole beneficiary of the piece of land.
“Sadly, she overlooked paying the land’s quit rent after my grandfather died in 1961 and so the land was automatically acquired by the state land and district office,” he said.
After the land lease expired in 1982, he said they submitted an application to renew the lease in 2003 but were given a temporary occupancy licence that was renewable annually.
Cheong Heng said they resubmitted a similar application last year and were recently awarded with a 60-year lease with an 80% discount in land premium.
He said they had obtained a discount on the premium charges as provided for in the National Land Code for property beneficiaries, adding that they paid RM98,097 in premium charges. They had also paid more than RM10,000 in quit rent arrears dating back to 1982.
Cheong Heng said the land was presently cultivated with oil palm, adding that the family had not made any decision to change the land status for the time being.