Saturday, 22 March 2008

Former Chief Minister In The Spotlight

To former Chief Minister Dr Khir, allegations of abuse of power and corruption is not new. The latest involved a land deal that had some of his associates laughing all the way to the bank. To be fair to him, the state government should clear the air over the allegation quickly and leave him in peace.

PETALING JAYA (22 Mar 2008):
Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo says his conscience is clear and he has nothing to fear about SMSes and allegations of corruption.

The decisions made during my tenure as the Mentri Besar were made at the state executive councillors’ meetings.

These meetings are minuted. Everything is in black and white,” said Dr Khir when contacted yesterday.

He was commenting on an SMS going round alleging that Dr Khir, during his time as the Mentri Besar, had bought a temporary occupancy licence (TOL) piece of land in Kajang for RM2 per sq feet and made the state dvelopment corporation buy it back at RM22 per sq feet, hence pocketing RM59mil.

The SMS further alleged that he had given RM1mil each to all Kajang exco members. The SMS claimed this was discovered by the new Selangor government team as they were looking through the files.

Dr Khir said he also received the same SMS on his handphone.

The allegation has no basis at all. Such a land purchase never happened.

I have directed my lawyer to lodge a police report and take the necessary legal action. I am also trying to trace the person who sent me the SMS,” he said.

He added he had discharged his duties as the Mentri Besar without conducting any dubious dealings that disadvantaged the state.

Source: the Star

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