Thursday, March 19, 2009

Perda denies it being part of Bandar Perda development

The Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda) chairman and Penang Umno secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim denied that the federal development authority which he currently chairs had jointly build and developed Bandar Perda.

According to Datuk Azhar, Perda had nothing to do with Bandar Perda at all. And now the fate of some high profile occupants are uncertain, as the supplier for chill-water had confirmed that its bills had not been settle nor paid promptly. Those occupants who are expected to face a possible stoppage in their air-conditionings starting this Friday are the Seberang Perai Tengah District Police headquarters, Jaya Jusco Shopping Mall, the Seberang Perak Municipal Council (MPSP) complex, the Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) and several other establishments.

A check at the major property developer Aseania Development Sdn Bhd website shows that Bandar Perda was a privatized project jointly undertook by both Aseania and Perda. That means Bandar Perda township is clearly a joint-venture project carried out with Perda’s active participation.

Meanwhile, the supplier had already informed the state authorities that it cannot afford to pay the sum of RM800,000 owed to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) anymore. TNB had given a notice to the said supplier until this Friday to settle the outstanding bills.

According to the agreement, the occupants of affected buildings in Bandar Perda are required to pay their air-conditioning bills to Aseania Development Sdn Bhd which in turn will channel the payment to the chill-water supplier. It has also been confirmed that most occupants had promptly paid their air-cond dues to Aseania Development Sdn Bhd which is owned by a Bukit Mertajam Umno divisional leader and it is uncertain if Aseania had really channel the payment to the chill-water supplier.

As a partner in developing Bandar Perda, Perda’s continuous denial of any responsibility clearly demonstrates their irresponsible attitude towards the well-being of the people and the businesses situated in the said township. They are running away from the facts and refuse to be part of Aseania when such crisis happens. Aseania belongs to Umno too, and to avoid further embarrassment, Azhar denied Perda’s involvement.

From here, we could see both entities belong to Umno and one part of it is trying to run away. Are there any motives or cover-ups? We hope the relevant authorities could start their probe as soon as possible to ascertain if there are any elements of corruptions or power abuse involved.

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