Police reports filed over housing issue, big names roped in

Two police reports have been lodged in Penang against minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Faridah Begum KA Abdul Kader, the wife of attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.

Revealing this at a press conference yesterday, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said the reports concerned the alleged abuse of power when Abdul Rahman was helming the urban well-being, housing and local government portfolio.

As for Faridah, it was over the allegation of misrepresenting herself as a director of BHL Group of Companies.

Ramasamy asked if Mohamed Apandi would be willing to initiate charges against those involved if the allegations were true.

“Will the AG charge the board of directors of BHL if it is found that they had misled the minister?” he asked.

Malaysiakini is unable to independently verify these allegations, and has contacted Faridah, Apandi, Abdul Rahman and BHL for comment and is awaiting their response.

Malaysiakini has telephoned and sent text messages to Abdul Rahman and Apandi.

Penang police chief Chuah Ghee Lye confirmed receiving the reports.

In a blog posting two days ago, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang traced the events which led to the allegations.

He said the Kuala Lumpur High Court set aside the directive of the former housing minister with regard to a 12-month extension to BHL.

The extension was given to the developer to complete a condominium project in Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur.

Justice Hanipah Farikullah had allowed a judicial review by 104 affected condominium buyers, saying the minister’s decision to regulate was ultra vires of the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act.

The affected condominium buyers filed for a judicial review because BHL failed to deliver vacant possession of their property within the stipulated 36 months from the time of the signing of the sale and purchase agreement.

In the beginning, BHL wrote to the controller of housing under the ministry for an extension but the appeal was rejected.

Following this, an appeal was sent to Abdul Rahman, who on Nov 17, 2015, allowed an extension of 12 months for BHL.

Ramasamy said Faridah had penned the appeal letter in her capacity as director of BHL Group of Companies.

However, Lim, in his blog post, claimed that a check with the Registrar of Companies revealed that Faridah was not a director of the firm at the material time.

On the court decision, Abdul Rahman said he would let the ministry respond first as it involved policy matters. – Malaysiakini

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