According to a reliable source, the chairperson of the Ipoh Timur MCA division Chew Wai Khoon had applied for a 2.18 acres of land which included 0.92 ha of land occupied by the soy factory.
Details now emerge that the MCA division had intended to make a tidy profit from the land deal by selling the portion occupied by the soy factor to Yap.
When contacted by Malaysiakini, one of the three signatories (appointed trustees of the Ipoh Timur division) deputy chairman of the division Thong Fah Chong confirmed the details of the deal.
He said that he had refused to sign the Sale and Purchase letter document (dated 24 March 2008) because he felt the land transaction was improper and immoral.
The other two trustees who signed the letter (bearing the name of the division) were Chew and division secretary Liew Ah Ming.
Thong reveals that State MCA chairman and brother to MCA president Datuk Ong Ka Chuan had played a role in the land deal as evidenced by his contribution of a RM100,000 cheque as part payment for the land premium of RM387,262,
Thong said that many party members can act as witnesses to the cheque contribution although Ka Chuan had since taken back the cheque.
“This land deal has added to the general feeling that there is something wrong with the leadership integrity.
“This is also one reason why Perak MCA lost the Pasir Pinji state seat in the recent elections.
“Party members in the state must now judge what type of leaders they should vote for in future,” Datuk Thong said.
The new Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin had asked Kenny Yap, the owner of the soy factory, to submit a fresh application to the Land and Mines Department for approval.
Source: Perak MCA embroiled in controversial land deal
Mr Yap asked MCA for help his land problem; MCA helped by acquiring the land with the help of Umno and then sell it back to Mr Yap. That's Barisan Nasional virtue and integrity. We had voted in that government; fortunately, by the Will of God, we now have Nizar and the Pakatan Rakyat to show us what is the meaning of honesty and integrity, and what a good government is like.