Many lands given up by Johor sultan not highlighted, laments TMJ

Modified 4 May 2019, 10:48 am

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today lamented that the good his father Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had done, including giving up many lands to the people and government, was not highlighted.

This was following revelations that the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) was stalled due to cost spike as a result of land intended for the project ending up in the hands of the Johor ruler, which would require heavy compensation.

Sultan Ibrahim had since said that he was prepared to surrender one of the lands involved in Bukit Chagar without cost.

"How many lands belonging to the Johor Sultan have been given to the people and government since before?

"The millions that were given to the government? The Johor sultan helped solve the government's debt two years after he ascended to the throne.

"How many millions that were given to (charitable) foundations? But the good is not highlighted," Tunku Ismail said in a Twitter post.

The land in question, which the Johor sultan has agreed to surrender, is the 4.5-ha Lot PTB 23354, which would have cost the government RM495.3 million.

No mention was made about the 2.4-ha underwater land named Lot 45419, which will also be used for the RTS project and will cost the government RM198.4 million in compensation.


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