Perak MB is ready to work with MACC on the Malay Reserve Land Fraud

MANJUNG – Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad will cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission if asked to provide evidence in relation to the case of fraud in 2012 on the status Malay Reserve Land covering more than 600 hectares.

Saarani stated that he has received no calls regarding this case from MACC.

“(I haven’t) (received an call )… There is no problem (in cooperating )… I’ll comply. We will comply if the MACC asks us to testify. I do not know the exact year but I was part of the executive committee during the entire period.

“I was in the state exco from 2004 until 2008, then I stopped and resumed in 2009, up to 2018. “I was in the state exco from 2004 to 2008, then I stopped for a while and resumed my service until 2018.”

When asked about the progress of the state’s government on the land issue he replied that the status of land was still Malay Reserve, but the parcels (of land sold) are owned by a company other than a Malay.

The Lands and Mines Department has increased the number of Malay Reserves to replace the land. The land in dispute is still a Malay Reserve, but we are trying to increase the number.

Saarani was previously the state government exco of Perak, holding various portfolios, including chairman of the Rural Development and Plantation Committee, and chairman of the Committee on Information and Human Capital Development, and the Committee on Rural Development, Entrepreneur Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs.

MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki stated that the commission will likely call more witnesses to give testimony in the case of fraud involving the status of Malay Reserve Land covering more than 600 acres in Perak, in 2012.

He claimed that the witnesses included former Perak Lands and Mines officers and the exco of the State government at the time.

A former deputy Registrar Titles from the Perak Lands and Mines Department appeared before the Sessions Court of Ipoh in April 2024 on charges that he had deceived (the Perak Agricultural Land Board), by claiming land parcels being sold in Mukim (district), Sitiawan (Manjung), were not Malay Reserve Land for the board to approve 12 years ago.

The MACC arrested a managing director from a real-estate company on May 28. He was remanded in custody for three days and released on May 30, but the case was still ongoing.

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