BUKIT BOTAK in Selangor is now under probe by the state government for alleged irregularities in the allocation of lots to non eligible land owners. This land scam can be traced back 20 years, stretching throughout the period of the BN government. This recent finding may be the 'tip of the iceberg' in matters affecting the allocation and distribution of land titles, by the previous state government.
This land scam is obviously the work of government officials (probably from the district land office) in cohort with self serving, greedy, corrupt and dishonest politicians. Having to back track 20 years, would mean that all the Menteri Besar's during that period can be assumed to be a party to the scam, and claiming ignorance now is unacceptable. Indeed, the people of Selangor are well informed of the high handedness of officers working in the various district land offices, and this land scam only confirms the long standing notion that politicians, and government officers working in land offices throughout the state are unscrupulously corrupt.
MACC is also believed to have began the probe, and to investigate a case that dates back 20 years, will be a difficult task. Denials upon denials by former government officers and politicians will now be heard, and I suppose some of those purportedly involved may have retired, or some even dead. I have little confidence that MACC can unravelled the whole truth to this episode, and to bring speedy justice to those involved.
The thing that the present state government can do now is to sieve through every single application, and to discard those that was believed to have acquired the land title through dubious means. Certainly, politicians, non residents of that area and those who were children then, can be omitted easily, leaving only those who were the original land owners of the land.
It will be a difficult task though, but if the state government is truly committed to the ideals of justice and fairness towards its people, and the will to eradicate corruption, what is deemed impossible can be made easy.
Being a thoroughbred Selangorian, I salute the present state government for bringing to light, this massive land scam at Bukit Botak, by past government officers and politicians.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION