KUALA LUMPUR, June 26, 2015:
The Mara “scam” in Australia could have been avoided if only the government had the political spine to stand up to an allegedly similar scandal involving Felda’s London hotel acquisition at an alleged bloated price involving the son of a very senior Felda management political figure.
PAS’ Kuala Terengganu MP Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad said as usual such things were brushed aside by the authorities with so-called investigations.
“We all should not be surprised that the earlier London Felda hotel acquisition fiasco and non-pursuance of father-and-son obvious conflict of interest situation encourages further transgressions.
“If the London episode is allowed without further investigation, the Melbourne saga by Mara is only a natural development of another father-and-son teamwork,” he said in a press statement.
He said the recent Mara Australian property “scam” was just the tip of a much larger iceberg.
“If the suburban property scandal in Caulfield already raked up over 20% in a scandalous mark-up, imagine what three other downtown Mara Melbourne city properties would reveal?
“After spending almost 14 years of my life in Melbourne, I have some idea what property is worth at those locations.
“Prime sites yield prime returns and I suppose would better disguise handsome returns on any illegal kickbacks,” he said.
He said Mara chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa should have had enough experience to deal with the “scam”.
“When he was the minister in charge of Ketengah (Terengganu Tengah Development Authority), there was another multi-million scandal where a few senior government servants took the fall for it,” he added.