Eco World not paid settlers' compensation
00:08 Aug 22, 2017  |  By
Eco World not paid settlers' compensation

In September 2015, Eco World Group Development Berhad (Eco World) announced the proposal to buy 2,198.4 acres of land in Ijok, Kuala Selangor for RM1.181billion. It includes lands owned by Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd, and LBCN Development Sdn Bhd. Eco World entered into a Joint Venture with Employee Provident Fund (EPF) to develop the Ijok land for a 1,400 acres integrated residential project Eco Grandeur, Eco Business Park V, and affordable homes Laman Indah.

Lands belonging to Mujur Zaman and LBCN has long standing legal disputes between the state and original settlers. Selangor state had acquired the land through force acquisition for development. However, the settlers were not paid for their land. State government obtained court order to rerpossess the land and decided to return the land back to the settlers. The planned return did not materialize due to the change in state leadership. There is likelihood the total compensation of approximately RM500 million have not been paid to the settlers yet.

Former Menteri Besar posed a written question in the Selangor state assembly on the status of the land in the November 2016 seating. The following is the answer:

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Pada September 2015, Eco World Group Development Berhad (Eco World) mengumumkan cadangan membeli tanah seluas 2,198.4 ekar di Ijok, Kuala Selangor pada sebanyak RM1.181billion. Ia melibatkan tanah kepunyaan Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd, dan LBCN Development Sdn Bhd. Eco World memasuki satu usahasama dengan Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) untuk bangunkan tanah Ijok tersebut menjadi projek perumahan integrasi seluas 1,400 ekar, Eco Grandeur, Eco Business Park V, and perumahan mampu milik,  Laman Indah.

Tanah kepunyaan Mujur Zaman dan LBCN mempunyai perbalahan perundangan lama melibatkan peneroka asal. Kerajaan Selangor telah amblalih tanah melalui pengambilalihan paksa untuk pembangunan. Namun pampasan tidak dibayar. Kerajaan negeri mendapatkan perintah mahkamah untuk rampas balik tanah tersebut dari kedua syarikat dan mengembalikan tanah kepada peneroka. Rancangan pengambilian tanah tidak dicapai kerana pertukaran kepimpinan negeri. Kemungkinan besar, pampasan yang berjumlah lebih kurang RM500 juta masih belum dibayar kepada peneroka lagi.

Mantan Menteri Besar telah mengemukakan soalan bertulis ke sidang Dewaan Undangan Negeri Selangor berhubung status tanah tersebut pada November 2016. Berikut adalah jawapan pihak kerajaan Negeri: