Mindef land swap deal: Onn Hafiz called by PAC

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KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi (pic) was called by the Public Accounts Committee on Monday (July 4) to have his assertion on the Defence Ministry’s land swap deal recorded.

PAC chairman Wong Kah Woh mentioned Onn Hafiz was called because the fourth witness within the listening to continuing, held on the Kluang district workplace, after the Special Investigation Committee on Public Governance, Procurement and Finance discovered that he was linked to the development of the Paloh Camp undertaking in Kluang in 2016, which was concerned within the land swap.

“Datuk Onn Hafiz was called in his capability because the political secretary to then Defence Minister from 2013 to 2018, and the investigation by PAC is concentrated on the function he performed within the proposed building of the camp which began in 2016,” he mentioned in a press release on Tuesday (July 5).

According to Wong, Defence Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Muez Abd Aziz and deputy secretary-general (Development) Datuk Dr Shahrazat Ahmad additionally gave their statements in the course of the two-hour listening to which started at 4pm.

He mentioned different witnesses who had been called by the committee to testify within the case have been particular investigation committee’s chairman Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, on Nov 16, 2020, and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on Dec 1, 2021, in addition to Muez.

The land swap deal within the case concerned a 38.04ha military camp in Kinrara, Selangor, the development of an air drive facility in Sendayan, and the development of a military camp in Port Dickson, each in Negri Sembilan.

However, in 2016, the proposal to assemble a military camp in Port Dickson was changed with the proposal to arrange the Paloh camp.

Prior to the listening to Monday’s continuing, Wong mentioned the PAC visited the Paloh Camp, overlaying 26.31ha, to take a look at the progress of the development of the undertaking, which was to deal with the Headquarters of the thirty third Royal Artillery Regiment and Squadron 8 of the Royal Army Engineers Regiment. – Bernama



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