Hajiji to DAP:  No need for me to explain
Published on: Friday, July 10, 2020
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Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor  (pic) said it is both “weird and funny” for Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin to ask him to explain the latest controversy relating to a commercial development in Sabindo in Tawau. 

He said Chan being a MP of DAP which is an ally of the Warisan-led State Government, can actually get access to information and detailed explanation from the relevant authorities like the State Attorney-General’s Chambers, Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) and State Land and Survey Department. 

“There is no need for me to waste time to comment and give an explanation. Furthermore, I am now no longer in the State Government. 

“They who are presently in the government have all the privileges and power to get access to the relevant authorities to ask for the detailed explanation,” he said in response to a Daily Express’ front page report on Thursday.

Hajiji also advised the Kota Kinabalu MP to respect the court’s judgement as well as decision that had been made by the relevant parties. 

“What I can say here is that the development project concerned was approved in 1997,” said Hajiji.  

In the news report, Chan was reported as saying Hajiji may be the best person to shed light on the controversy surrounding the joint venture commercial development at Tawau’s Sabindo open space.

He said this was because of his (Hajiji’s) position as the former State Local Government and Housing Minister under the BN government during the duration of the controversy that saw the matter being taken up to the Federal Court in 2009 which declared that the development on the open space was illegal and should be demolished.

Chan had said there are pieces in the jigsaw puzzle from the time the court judgment was obtained to now since the developer now claims to have entered a settlement to continue the project under new terms which party colleague-cum-Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Jimmy Wong claims was lopsided and a major blow to ratepayers who have to foot the RM8 million payment, instead of the  developer.



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