Friday, August 7, 2009

PRESS STATEMENT- LGE sanctions fraud against the Kg Buah Pala residents

HINDRAF is appalled by LGE’s continues political drama to see thruinjustice for the residents in Kg Buah Pala. Although, he claims andacknowledges that there was fraudulent transaction, yet he blackmailsthe residents by producing a building plan with unreasonableconditions on August 6, 2009 to comply with it within one day forfamilies that has lived on or about 200 years in the same land.

Why are you sanctioning a fraud when you should have acquired the landand return what is rightfully belonging to the residents of Kg BuahPala instead of making a deal and short changing them?

If you look at his press conference read out by his mandore ProfRamasamy, it is nothing but gloating about the achievement of DAP andcondemnation of the fraudulent transaction started by the UMNO led BNand gladly completed by the current government.

If LGE can talk so much about the fraudulent transaction, what did hedo about it? He sat by and watched it to be completed. When did heappoint an investigation committee to address the transaction when hewas well aware of this fraudulent transaction even before he came into the
power? Yes, it did not happen until the 1st week of July 2009 and whatwas the result of the investigation committee as nothing has been revealed so far.Was he really serious in assisting those residents with the investigating committee or it just another political game?

Many legal avenues, were available for him to pursue the fraudulenttransfer of the land starting from March 8, 2008, yet he sat on ithoping that it will pass by for poor and defenceless Kg Buah Palaresidents who are insignificant for him as oppose to the Developersand the rich and mighty.
Section 340(2) of the NLC clearly spells out.

The title or interest of any such person or body shall not be indefeasible
(a) in any case of fraud or misrepresentation to which the person orbody, or any agent of the person or body, was a party or privy; or
(b) where registration was obtained by forgery, or by means of aninsufficient or void instrument; or
(c) where the title or interest was unlawfully acquired by the personor body in the purported exercise of any power or authority conferredby any written law.

Now show us the public what efforts had you undertaken to challengethe fraudulent land transfer other that clamouring that it was KSK’sfraudulent act and you can’t do anything about it. Doesn’t the lawprovide it for such acts? Well you are the CM, you have the power andauthority to challenge the transaction yet you positioned yourself withdevelopers against those poor and defenceless Kg Buah Pala residents.Nowhere does it exist in law that fraud is acceptable, when youyourself claim it is a fraudulent transaction. Is this the example you are setting for the rakyat?

In total you have just sanctioned fraud and acted just like anothercorrupted UMNO led BN government that is only interested in their own individualwelfare as opposed to the public benefit.

Don’t even talk about the so-called $150 million compensation. LetHINDRAF enlighten you, the land was sold for RM3.2 Million and now you claim it is worth RM150 million. That means the price has rocketed to 2,343.75%. That even beats the property hike price of some high-end properties in New York and London before evenconstruction had began. This can only happen in the BOLEHLAND.

Where is the logic that a RM10 per square feet increases by 2,343.75% in15 months since the project was launched? Mind you if all the land wasutilized notwithstanding the basic amenities such as community hall,tennis court, tadika, administration office, clinic, landscapeand so forth. Then I guess the price is even higher per square feet?

LGE is definitely sounding like a broken record because we all knowthe malfeasances and that is why the rakyat elected you to power.Unfortunately it is very clear that you play the same game that BNplays by blaming everything on BN without addressing the real issue beingyour inaction and your inability to initiate an action for thefraudulent land transfer against public benefit.
You admit fraud was committed, and then what did you do about it otherthan playing politics with the residents of Kg Buah Pala at the 11thhour when you have been in power for the last 17 months to initiateproceedings for the fraudulent land transfer.

The latest proposal that you put forward to the residents on behalf ofthe Developer is so ludicrous.You think that you have negotiated the best deal for the residentswith a gun onto their head. HINDRAF is totally disappointed with yourcontinues drama that only appears to be that you are actually themouthpiece for the Developer rather than the plight of the Kg BuahPala residents. Is it reasonable, just and fair that, within oneday 41 families needs to make a decision, uproot and move on theunreasonable conditions of the Developer? People at least have choiceto make, but what happens to all the innocent animals, sent to theslaughterhouse?

HINDRAF feels LGE is a CM for the Developer and their mouthpiece notone who have been transparent at least in his dealing with the Kg BuahPala issue for reasons known best to himself.
HINDRAF feels this is clear hypocrisy on the part of the DAP ledPakatan government in Penang for their lack of political will tosafeguard the interest of their citizenry in Kg Buah Pala.
HINDRAF cries with those Kg Buah Pala residents who have been deceivedand blackmailed to be deprived from their ancestral homes for a simplereason that with the change and the promises given to them, they hadfaith in you and your government blindly on the basis of trust thatyou would be just and fair for the truth in this matter.

P. WaythaMoorthy

HINDRAF –Chairman