Friday September 14, 2012
Johari: Leaked document calls for in-house probe
KUCHING: An in-house investigation will be carried out to find out who leaked document from the Housing Ministry and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) offices to a group of Bako-Muara Tebas land owners.
The minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said whoever was responsible had breached the government work etiquette.
He said he was surprised when a group of land owners in Bako and Muara Tebas showed document from HDC recently to view their discontent on land compensation.
“We’ll carry out an investigation and see what needs to be done,” he said.
“The document presented in the press conference by the land owners are not finalised. We may change those plans but if people think it is the final one, this may lead to controversies,” he told reporters here yesterday.
It was reported that Bako-Muara Tebas Land Rights Committee, comprising Bako landowners whose lands are to be acquired by the state government had threatened to stage protest if they receive a “dismal” compensation.
Earlier, when addressing HDC management and staff at a Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering, Johari said he was surprised that the affected land owners could get hold of such document.
“No one has the authority to leak or give document to others outside our offices except for myself, HDC chairman Datuk Dr Abang Rauf Abang Zen and my assistant ministers,”
“This does not mean we’re not being transparent but people could misunderstand the information or worse, the information from the document can be manipulated,” he said.