Saturday, October 7, 1995

Plantation firm and state govt settle suit

The Star
By Mazwin Nik Anis

JOHOR BAHRU: The multi-million ringgit suit brought by a plantation company against state government and several others was settled when the defendants agreed to pay an additional RM92.11mil for the acquisition of 2,640ha estate land at Mount Austin here.

In a consent order recorded by Justice Zainun Ali, the two parties agreed that Stamford Holdings Sdn Bhd would get RM313.25mil for the land from the state government and the RM92.11mil from Kelana Ventures – the beneficiary company in the acquisition.

Stamford Holdings had on Feb 4, 1995, filed a civil suit against the state government for illegally acquiring its land and claimed the acquisition was not for infrastructure development but for commercial purpose.

It also named former mentri besar Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, businessmen Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukary and Datuk Yahya Taib and the Johor Islamic Economic Corporation (PKEINJ) as defendants.

The Johor Bahru Land Administrator, Kelana Ventures Sdn Bhd and Asas Terus Sdn Bhd were named as the intended interveners.

Stamford Holdings was represented by counsel Datuk V. Sivaparanjothi and Majit Singh, M. Pathamanthan for Kelana Ventures, Syed Mokhtar and Yahya and Roger Tan Kor Mee for PKEINJ.

State Legal Adviser Datuk Abdul Aziz Rahim appeared for the government, Muhyiddin and the Johor Baru Land Administrator.

In yesterday’s written consent order, Kelana Venturs, through the state must pay Stamford Holdings the RM92.11mil within 18 months and that it will surrender and deliver all documents of tittles to the land administrator.

Stamford had also undertaken to deliver possession of the land to Kelana Ventures within two months of the consent order and to pay all retrenchment benefits to its workers.

However, in the event the said land is disposed off due to Kelana Ventures’ failure to settle the additional payment, then any surplus arising out of the proceeds of sale will be returned by Stamford to Danaharta.

Sunday, March 19, 1995

Court: Plan for RM4b floating city is valid

New Straits Times

JOHOR BARU, Sat. - The High Court here yesterday struck off with costs an originating summons asking for a declaration that the permission given by the City Council (MBJB) to develop the RM4 billion floating city project is invalid.

Judge Datuk Abdul Malek Ishak, who delivered his judgment in chambers, said the originating summons had no reasonable grounds, adding that the costs would be decided at a later date.

Lawyer Abdul Razak Ahmad in his originating summons filed last November, had said that the permission granted to Johor Coastal Development Sdn Bhd to start work on the project contravened the Town and Country Planning Act, 1976.

His originating summons also stated that the permission contravened the Street, Drainage and Building Act, 1974 and Uniform By-Laws 1984.

Razak had stated that he was entitled to a reply by the MBJB to his letter dated Sept 7, 1994 in relation to the planning permission given.

The MBJB's application to strike off the originating summons was made last December pursuant to Order 18, Rule 19 on the grounds that Razak's summons did not disclose reasonable cause of action.

Roger Tan appeared for the MBJB, while Razak represented himself. State Legal Advisor Abdul Alim Abdullah held a watching brief for the State Government.