Malaysia

New deal could see Raja Ropiah get more land, says Rafizi

PETALING JAYA, Feb 26 – Umno-linked Awan Megah Sdn Bhd could stand to gain more land through a “backdoor” deal with a subsidiary of Boustead Holdings Bhd that has been kept away from public knowledge, PKR said today.

Party strategic director Rafizi Ramli said a study on the deal between Awan Megah and Bakti Wira Sdn Bhd showed the latter is expected to ink a deal with Jendela Hikmat Sdn Bhd which includes a transfer of “a huge” land adjacent to the 23 acres of land Awan Megah had already received from the initial deal.

Awan Megah is owned by Selangor Umno Wanita chief Senator Datuk Raja Ropiaah Abdullah while Jendela Hikmat is the development arm of Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) of the Ministry of Defence which in turn owns Boustead.

“The initial agreement mentioned that there would be a Land Sharing Agreement between Awan Megah Sdn Bhd and Jendela Hikmat Sdn Bhd... which include the purpose of land transfer to the former.

“So this deal creates suspicion that new plots of lands will be transferred to Raja Ropiaah Raja Abdullah as a backdoor compensation.

“It is possible she may get additional lands through the new agreement or the two companies may enter into a joint venture to develop the lands which would see her raking in huge profits,” he said.

The allegation comes after Rafizi alleged Raja Ropiaah stands to profit millions of ringgit more from hidden clauses in the federal government’s plan to buy a plot of land in Bukit Raja.

Boustead announced last year a plan to buy an 80 per cent stake in businessman Deepak Jaikishan’s company, Astacanggih Sdn Bhd, for RM30 million as well as a RM130 million piece of land from Awan Megah.

According to Rafizi, the Ministry of Defence has awarded Awan Megah a RM15 million-worth of additional contracts through a letter dated June 26, 2012 which has been previously unannounced.

Awan Megah was also awarded 23.2 acres of land out of the original three parcels of land measuring 223.2 acres, which is potentially worth millions of ringgit. Rafizi had claimed before that the parcels of land were never transferred to Awan Megah.

Rafizi claimed the complex deal through several companies and contracts were intentionally used to conceal the alleged discrepancies contained in the transaction.

The PKR whistleblower said he would write in to the Selangor government to acquire the land implicated in the deal to cancel out an agreement that could see Raja Ropiaah “raking in free profits”.

Rafizi said this was possible under the contract between Awan Megah Sdn Bhd and Bakti Wira Sdn Bhd.

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