Ministry rejects Rafidah's land-swap allegation

Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has alleged that all land used by the Armed Forces would be alienated to three people via a swap. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has alleged that all land used by the Armed Forces would be alienated to three people via a swap. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz’s claim that all land used by the Armed Forces would be alienated to three people via a swap was untrue, said the Defence Ministry today.

The ministry insisted that its management of federal land was open and transparent.

“Additionally, her claim that all federal land used by the ministry was transferred to a company owned by these three individuals is also untrue,” it said.

The ministry added that it only selects firms for deals such as land swaps using stringent vetting under guidelines set by the Public-Private Partnership Unit (Ukas).

After vetting, such deals are presented to a Cabinet committee for further scrutiny and approval, it added.

The military branch occupying the land affected would also be consulted, said the ministry

In an open letter last week, the former minister accused the federal government of planning to alienate around 40,000ha of land occupied by the Malaysia Armed Forces to three private individuals.

Rafidah alleged that the proposal was made to the then government back in 2007 via a Cabinet paper, and that it was already approved and executed.

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