19th February 2019
MORE QUESTIONS ON MINDEF LAND SWAP DEALS
The Mindef land swap/privatisation project, an explosive corruption issue involving military land that was highlighted in April 2018 before GE14 has now come to light. The Special Investigative Committee headed by Ambrin Buang has discovered impropriety in the dealings and reports are being filed with the police and MACC. So far the information that has surfaced is skimpy.
Patriot in our media statement on 9 Apr 18 asked three questions: (1) What had transpired during the last ten years since Najib Razak, then Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister made the proposal in 2008 to privatise the Mindef/Armed Forces land? (2) Was the more than 40,000 hectares of land privatised? (3) If so, to which company and who were the owners of the company? The questions were asked following Rafidah Aziz’s shocking exposure in an open letter on 8 Apr 18.
Following Rafidah Aziz’s shocking allegation and Patriot’s media statement, former Defence Minister Hishamuddin Hussein had accused Rafidah of saying three lies, which prompted Rafidah to reaffirm her statement with Quranic verse that every piece of military land had been privatised to a company owned by three persons.
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu’s statement on 19 February mentioned that the investigation committee found 16 land swap projects involving 1,183 hectares. There are many questions still unanswered, such as: 1. What happened to the balance of the 40,000 hectares originally mentioned? 2. For the 16 cases of land swap discovered so far, was it direct dealing with the persons/companies involved or through a phantom company? 3. Who were the politicians and culprits involved, and were there military top brasses involved too?
Patriot urges the police and MACC to immediately swing into actions. Bank accounts of suspected persons should be frozen and they should be barred from leaving the country. If military brasses were involved, even if they have retired, actions should be taken against them.
Patriot would like to see a strong message is sent to our current serving personnel and our youths that enough is enough of all the nonsense of corruption. We will have zero tolerance to corruption, especially those that happen in high office. No corruption case must be allowed to taint the honourable service of those men and women in uniform, military and police, who have sacrificed and served the king and country with pride and honour.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan