(No wonder Masing and Mong regard themselves as towkays. Read the following story)
KUCHING: After being exposed for writing letters to Heads of Department of Agriculture and Department of Welfare to cancel subsidies and welfare assistance to handicapped Frusis Lebi for supporting the Opposition, which caused an uproar in Sarawak, yet another scandal involved the assistant minister is being exposed by Sarawak Report.
This time it involved an alleged fraud land deal, where he allegedly asked for ‘kickback’ of RM70 million from the sale of 70,000 acres of land belonging to his own constituents.
The land at Kelingkang Range, Bukit Begunan, Sri Aman was to be developed into an oil palm plantation.
In a letter dated June 18, 1997 allegedly written by Mong, he asked for RM1000 per acre from Megarume Sdn Bhd and after deduction of the up front to LCDA the balance would be divided 50% to him and 50% to one Kho Chee Pheng (broker).
“I also agree that any of the three companies, Noble Reserves Sdn Bhd, Noble Resources Sdn Bhd or Noble Rewards Sdn Bhd to be used for the joint venture with the investors. Together herewith I enclosed my personal and curriculum vitae and also three photocopies of our nominees identity cards, namely Bawang Ak Deru (IC NO.660424-13-5886), Leyta Kupa (IC NO.651120-5532) and Henry Yan Masing (IC NO.KP553094) for you to register into any of the three companies,” Mong was alleged to have written.
According to Sarawak Report, Bawang Ak Deru is Mong’s wife, while Leyta Kupa in the wife of Wilson Ugak and Henry Yan Masing is James Masing’s brother. All the three are directors of Noble Rewards Sdn Bhd.
Based on Sarawak Report, the women wing of Sarawak PKR this afternoon lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Land Development Minister and President of Parti Rakyat Sarawak James Masing and Dagang for alleged misuse and abuse of power in a land deal.
Lodging the report on behalf of the wing was Nurhanim Mokshen who handed over some documents, letters and reports.
Nurhanim who is head of the wing called on MACC to investigate the allegation and to investigate the allegation and take necessary actions to clear the names of the minister and the assistant minister or to commence the process of cleaning up our public offices.
She was accompanied by a lawyer Simon Siah.
The MACC told them that the Commission was aware of the case and had been instructed to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, when contacted NCR land lawyer See Chee How confirmed that the area is already subject to court case brought against the partners and LCDA by the native landowners who had rejected first the logging and then the plantation of their land.
See, who is also the Batu Lintang assemblyman said that more than 50% of the landowners had rejected the plantation and many had also rejected the paltry RM1,000 per family that had been offered for the areas valuable timber by these politicians.
Nevertheless the project was pushed through by Masing and Dagang on the basis that the local people would benefit.
“It surely comes as little surprise that the native landowners are yet to receive any dividends from the enterprise after the first six years.
“This qualifies as fraud,” said See because Dagang and Masing had been trying to convince people they would be able to take a 30% share of the joint venture and share the profits in return for their land.
“They tell the people ‘let the LCDA develop your land and you will get 30% of the joint venture and profit. However, the people were not told about this huge kickback. Under the joint venture that money should have been shared among the people, not paid to nominees of the very politicians who were talking them into the scheme,” See said.