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S’gor form task force on Bukit Botak land scam

SHAH ALAM, 20 May 2009: The Selangor state government has set up a special task force to investigate the alleged Bukit Botak squatters resettlement land scam.

State Housing, Building Management and Squatters Committee chairperson Iskandar Abdul Samad said the committee was formed to safeguard the rights of eligible individuals who were omitted from the list of recipients.

“The task force will comprise representatives from the Gombak district land office, members of the state housing, building management and squatters committee, Village Security and Development Committee representatives and lawyers.

“The committee will reveal the names of those who have received plots of land and rightful recipients who have been omitted, listen to feedback from all the relevant authorities involved before completing a report by 20 Aug,” he told reporters after a state executive council meeting here today.  

The Bukit Botak, Selayang resettlement of squatters involves 1,400 land owners with an area covering 55.2 hectares.

Delpuri Corporation Sdn Bhd (DCSB) was appointed contractor in 1999 by the previous state government to develop and reorganise the squatters in Bukit Botak but was unable to complete the project. Thus the former state government had asked the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) to take over the abandoned project.

Iskandar said PKNS had earlier offered residents in Bukit Botak to help build their houses at RM80,000 each on condition that they cancelled their contracts and nullify the power of attorney agreements that they had signed with DCSB.

“They (residents) must agree to the offer from PKNS and cancel the contracts and power of attorney documents signed with DCSB, by 20 Aug, so that PKNS can start the project, failing which PKNS may withdraw the offer,” he said. — Bernama

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