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Khir Toyo pleads not guilty for alleged land fraud

CHARGED: Dr Mohamad Khir being escorted into the Sessions Court this
morning. – Pic: Ashraf Shamsul Azlan

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http://www.malaysianmirror.com/media-buzz-detail/6-nation/50940-khir
-toyo-pleaded-not-guilty-for-alleged-land-fraud

Khir Toyo pleaded not guilty for alleged land fraud
Monday, 06 December 2010 12:00

UPDATED SHAH ALAM – Former Selangor Mentri Besar Mohd Khir
Toyo, who was arrested by the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission’s
(MACC) on Monday, has pleaded not guilty over alleged land fraud.

The charge was read before Judge Hakim Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh.

The Selangor opposition leader is charged with obtaining, for himself and
his wife Zahrah Kechik, 45, the two plots of land and a house at No 8 & 10,
Jalan Suasa 7/1 L, Shah Alam, from Ditamas Sdn Bhd through Ditamas director
Shamsuddin Hayroni at the price of RM3.5 million when in fact the lots were
bought by Ditamas on Dec 23, 2004 at the price of RM6.5 million.

Khir is charged with committing the offence at the Selangor menteri besar’s
official residence at Jalan Permata 7/1, Seksyen 7, Shah Alam, on May 29,
2007, under Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Code which carries a
two-year jail term, fine or both.

The prosecution was carried out by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail,
assisted by the head of prosecution unit of the Attorney-General’s Chambers,
Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah.

Critics have claimed that Khir’s mansion, dubbed ‘Istana Khir’, costs about
RM24mil but Khir has maintained that it was worth RM3.5mil.

Khir, 45, became Selangor’s youngest Menteri Besar when appointed to the
post in Aug 2000 at the age of 35.

He is the second major Barisan Nasional (BN) leader to be implicated in
fraud cases since Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration took
over the government last year.

Former Transport Minister Dr Ling Liong Sik was charged for misleading the
Cabinet on land acquisition in Port Klang, which resulted in wrongful losses
to the Governmen.

Dr Ling’s case was recently transferred to the Kuala Lumpur High Court. If
found guilty, the longest-serving MCA president is believed to be the first
Tun in the country to be prosecuted in in a court of law.
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http://www.mmail.com.my/content/56927-khir-toyo-charged

Khir Toyo charged
Ex-Selangor MB claims trial over land, mansion deal

Hafizah Hoze Rizal Alfian Zohri Mohd Tahir
Monday, December 6th, 2010 11:00:00 UPDATED 1.20pm

SHAH ALAM: Former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo was
charged at the Sessions Court here this morning with relation to the
purchase of two plots of land and a bungalow in Section 7 here.

He is charged with obtaining, for himself and his wife, Datin Seri Zahrah
Kechik, 45, the two plots of land and the bungalow at No 8 & 10, Jalan Suasa
7/1 L, Shah Alam, from Ditamas Sdn Bhd through Ditamas director Shamsuddin
Hayroni at the price of RM3.5 million when in fact the lots were bought by
Ditamas on Dec 23, 2004, at the price of RM6.5m.

Dr Mohamad Khir is charged with committing the offence at the Selangor MB’s
official residence at Jalan Permata 7/1, Section 7, Shah Alam, on May 29,
2007.

He was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code in which he, as a public
servant, is alleged to have obtained valuables “without consideration from a
person concerned in any proceeding or business transacted by such public
servant”.

If found guilty, he could face a two-year jail term, fine or both. Dr
Mohamad Khir claimed trial to the charge in front of Judge Azhaniz Teh Azman
Teh.

Shamsuddin, meanwhile, was charged with abetting Dr Mohamad Khir in the land
deal.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail leads the prosecution team and is
assisted by the head of prosecution unit of the A-G’s Chambers, Datuk Tun
Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah.

Dr Mohamad Khir, the 13th Selangor Menteri Besar who held the post from
August 2000 to February 2008, is represented by M. Athimulan and Mohd
Afifuddin Hafifi. Shamsuddin was unrepresented.

Bail was fixed at RM750,000 each.

The prosecution has applied for the case to be transferred to the High
Court.

Dr Mohamad Khir arrived at the courts here in a black Toyota Harrier about
11.25am. He was accompanied by several Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
officers.

A horde of Pressmen were already awaiting his arrival. To avoid the
journalists and photographers, he was escorted in through the staff
entrance.

Dressed in a short-sleeved white shirt and black trousers, Dr Mohamad Khir
appeared in good spirits and even managed a smile for the cameramen.

The controversy surrounding the ex-MB first appeared last year following
allegations raised by Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim, who had claimed
that Dr Mohamad Khir owned a Balinese-style mansion in an exclusive
neighbourhood in Shah Alam.

Ng had claimed that the property was valued at RM24 million, and raised
questions as to how Dr Mohamad Khir could afford the purchase on an MB’s
salary.

In response, Dr Mohamad Khir claimed that he took a RM3.5m loan to purchase
the property and dismissed claims that the mansion cost RM24m.

He explained that he had taken a loan from an international bank, Hongkong
Shanghai Bank, to avoid accusations that he misused local banks to secure
the loan.

Dr Mohamad Khir is suing Ng for defamation.
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Khir Toyo charged with graft
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/150062
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http://lite.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/khir-toyo-im-innocent

Khir Toyo: I’m innocent
By Melissa Chi

SHAH ALAM, Dec 6 – Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo maintained his innocence
today after he was charged earlier with land fraud in connection with the
purchase of property in Section 7, Shah Alam.

The former Selangor mentri besar later posted a RM750,000 bail at the same
Shah Alam Sessions Court where he had been charged.

If found guilty, the 45-year-old Khir faces up to two years’ imprisonment, a
fine, or both under Section 165 of the Penal Code.

“As I’m concerned, I have done nothing wrong. Let the system clear my name,
I do believe very much in that one,” he told reporters at about 3:15 pm
today.

He stressed that it was now clear that the house was not worth RM24 million
as claimed by opposition party leaders.

“I am quite happy because at least they cleared my name… that my house is
not [worth] RM24 million,” the assemblyman said.

“I bought this house based on a willing buyer and a willing seller [basis].
The first owner said he bought the house from the previous owner at RM6.5
million but he sold to me at RM3.5 million and it was done in accordance to
the law,” he emphasised.

“I have a high confidence in the country’s judiciary system and I am
confident that the case will be tried as soon as possible and I can clear my
name,” he said.

Khir also brushed off suggestions that the timing of his charge was related
to a rumoured snap election. He also declined to comment on whether he
suspected any political agenda behind today’s charge.

“I do not know, as a politician I might think that way but let the judiciary
system clear my name first,” he said.

Later, Khir said his family had resorted to borrowing in order to pay his
RM750,000 bail.

“We need to gather all the funds, borrow money from others. What to do?

“That is why took about two to three hours,” he said.

The Selangor opposition chief is charged with knowingly purchasing two land
lots and bungalow for RM3.5 million in Section 7 here from Ditamas Sdn Bhd
in 2007, despite the company buying the property for RM6.5 million on
December 23, 2004.

The Sungai Panjang assemblyman is charged with obtaining the two land lots
and bungalow, which are located at No. 8 and 10, Jalan Suasa 7/1 L, Shah
Alam, for himself and his wife Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik, 45.
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http://lite.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/a-g-witnesses-in-khir
-trial-will-get-full-protection

A-G: Witnesses in Khir trial will get full protection
UPDATED @ 01:22:01AM 07-12-2010 By Melissa Chi

SHAH ALAM, Dec 6 – Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail announced
today that witnesses in Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo’s land fraud trial will get
full protection.

“We’re putting a couple witnesses, at least a few, under full protection,”
he told reporters.

He stressed that the public should be aware of that so the people would know
not to “mess” with the witnesses.

The AG said there are at least 16 witnesses who will be under the protection
programme.

“This is one of our attempts to ensure that there will be no interference of
any kind on the witnesses,” he said.

Gani (picture) also said he was satisfied with the outcome of the
investigation.

“As I said in court, the investigation was done thoroughly, we’re satisfied
with the outcome of the investigation hence the charge today,” he said.

He added that the authorities could not have a “flimsy” investigation, when
asked why it took this long for the investigation to be completed.

“It took us some time, no doubt, but we had to be thorough in our
investigation,” he stressed.

Gani said he had submitted an application for the matter to be transferred
to the High Court, and explained that a hearing date will be set once the
court receives all the relevant documents.

“The date for mention will be fixed and then the case will be fixed for
trial immediately. We want an early trial,” he said.

The former Selangor mentri besar was charged in the Sessions Court here
today with alleged land fraud in connection with the purchase of property in
Section 7, Shah Alam.

Khir pleaded not guilty to the charge.

If found guilty, Khir, 45, faces up to two years’ imprisonment, a fine, or
both under Section 165 of the Penal Code.

The Selangor opposition chief is charged with knowingly purchasing two land
lots and bungalow for RM3.5 million in Section 7 here from Ditamas Sdn Bhd
in 2007 despite the company buying the property for RM6.5 million on
December 23, 2004.

The Sungai Panjang assemblyman is charged with obtaining the two land lots
and bungalow, which are located at No. 8 and 10, Jalan Suasa 7/1 L, Shah
Alam, for himself and his wife Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik, 45.

The case makes Khir the second major Barisan Nasional leader to be
prosecuted since Datuk Seri Najib Razak took over the government in April
last year.

Last July, former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik was charged with
misleading the Cabinet over land acquisition for Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ)
project.
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http://lite.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/khir-toyo-quits-as
-selangor-opposition-chief

Khir Toyo quits as Selangor opposition chief

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 – Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has resigned
as Selangor opposition chief with immediate effect after he was
charged with land fraud today.

The former Selangor mentri besar also welcomed the charge, saying it gave
him an opportunity to defend himself and clear his name.

“I will leave the post of Selangor opposition leader with immediate effect,”
he said in a posting at his drkhir.com blog.

Khir also said he would leave it to Umno to decide his position as division
leader for the Sungai Besar Umno.

“If it s a big problem for the party, I am willing to step down. But as a
lawmaker, I will continue to serve on any platform until the court makes a
decision,” he added.

The Sungai Panjang assemblyman is accused of knowingly purchasing two land
lots and bungalow for RM3.5 million in Section 7 here from Ditamas Sdn Bhd
in 2007 despite the company buying the property for RM6.5 million on
December 23, 2004.

On the charge, Khir said it proved that his bungalow is not worth RM24
million as alleged by his political foes.

“I bought the house at market prices which was valued by several land
valuers and through bank loans, so I am not afraid to go to court to explain
it.

“I hope the trial is conduced as soon as possible to delay me from taking
part in politics,” he added.

According to the charge sheet, Khir had allegedly obtained the two land lots
and bungalow, which are located at No. 8 and 10, Jalan Suasa 7/1 L, Shah
Alam, for himself and his wife Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik, 45.

The purchases had purportedly been made through Ditamas director Datuk
Shamsuddin Hayroni, 54, at his then official Selangor Mentri Besar residence
at Jalan Permata 7/1, Section 7 here on May 29, 2007.

When the charges were read out to him in court today, a calm-looking Khir
pleaded not guilty.

If found guilty, the 45-year-old could face up to two years’ imprisonment, a
fine, or both under section 165 of the Penal Code.

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