Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Firstly, I would like to condemn in the strongest term possible the anti-Chinese sentiments in the Datum Jelatek protests yesterday.
Such protests should never be about race and it should never turn violent and there should not be any warning of bloodshed.
However, someone is not telling the truth here.
Today, Selangor PKNS released a press statement that a total of 1,097 potential bumiputra buyers have shown their interest, exceeding their expectations on the project and said that all 674 units of controversial Datum Jelatek condominiums have been registered to bumiputra buyers.
Great. Problem solved. All Bumiputra buyers - even for the most expensive units at RM8.3 million each.
However, further digging revealed that ERA focus division, a Singapore real-estate company was engaged in 2012 to sell the units to investors to international investors and buyers. This is confirmed in a scan copy of Berita Harian on Datumcorp's own website here: http://datumcorp.com.my/wp-content/files_mf/13944548368.pdf
And here too: http://themalaysianreserve.com/new/story/datum-jelatek-%E2%80%94-iconic-urban-regeneration-heart-kl
In fact, in 2012, PKNS GM Othman Omar was quoted in an article in The Edge that said the en-bloc sale of two of the four towers of Datum Jelatek to investors is evidence of the success of the project.
this article is proudly displayed in Datumcorp's own website here: http://datumcorp.com.my/wp-content/files_mf/13944448001.pdf
This is also confirmed in Era's website here which proudly states "ERA FOCUS Division is the International Exclusive Agent for "Datum Jelatek" KL" :http://datumjelatek.webs.com/project-details
And Multiple photographs of one of the sales event of Datum Jelatek in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore is proudly featured on Era's FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set
But Azmin Ali in a ceramah in 2013 clearly denied that there were any en-bloc sales and that this is all Fitnah UMNO-BN, PERKASA, NGO etc: https://www.youtube.com/watch It appears, pure greed is at the root of this controversy.
Selangor Govt only spent a total of RM65.3 million to compensate all 206 original owners of the low-cost flats that were damaged. They offered RM300k to 192 flat owners and RM550k to 14 shop owners and also offered to purchase units in PKNS's project in Antara Gapi, Rawang!
However, land nearby Datum Jelatek which includes this agriculture land is asking for RM163 million for 3.935 acres. (Datum Jelatek is nearer to KLCC and is bigger at 5.8 acres)
So, who is telling the truth?
As there were almost 1,000 protesters there yesterday, it is unlikely that this was a staged political event (which Azmin Ali suggested) but it appears to be genuine anger at PKNS and Selangor govt for excessive profiteering and for outright lying.