Malaysia

Selcat: No elements of fraud in PJ project

November 21, 2012

PETALING JAYA, Nov 21 ― The Selangor legislative watchdog Selcat had today refuted that there was an “element of fraud” in a project by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

The response came after The Sun reported that “it is beyond reasonable doubt” that there were “elements of fraud” in the amendments made to the PJ Local Plan Two (RTPJ 2) draft after it was published in the State Gazette.

Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim clarified that the report by the daily was the result of a misreading of the report.

“I’m worried this may cause unnecessary problems to the officers concerned, because we did not find anything of fraud,” Teng told reporters in a press conference here.

“We did say that they have been reckless, unprofessional and incompetent... but we did not say there’s element of cheating.”

The MBPJ project involved a conversion of a public field owned by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) to a commercial zone from a recreational area, which had increased its land value.

In its report, Selcat had concluded that the Development Planning Department officers committed a “serious error” when they changed the zone of 59 lots without referring to the Town and Country Planning Act and the Selangor Town and Country Planning Department, which had already endorsed the RTPJ 2 draft.