Zakaria in TOL land dispute … sec=nation

Wednesday November 21, 2007

Zakaria in TOL land dispute

SHAH ALAM: Another controversy has surfaced over the mansion belonging to Port Klang state assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Md Deros.

This time it concerns a plot of land next to his massive house in Kampung Idaman in Pandamaran.

Speaking during the debate on the state budget at the Selangor State Assembly yesterday, Teng Chang Khim (DAP Sungai Pinang) said the 1,300sq m plot was awarded to the former Klang municipal councillors wife, Datin Zizah Ngah, under a temporary occupancy licence (TOL) title.

He alleged that Zakaria acquired the land even when the controversy over the house was still brewing.

Speaking to reporters outside the House later, Teng said the TOL was approved last month by the Klang land office and the municipal council.

The opposition leader, who returned to the assembly after a 30-month absence due to suspensions, said that the TOL for a piece of land was usually offered free to recipients.

The piece of land is next to Zakarias mansion, which already sits on a 3,995sq m plot, and was formerly government land, he said.

Commenting on Tengs allegations, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo told reporters that the plot of land concerned had not yet been awarded to Zakaria.

Approval for applications for government land has to go through the state executive council.

So, I would know if it has been approved, he said.

He added that anyone could apply for government land, so there was nothing wrong with Zakarias application.