PH wants MACC to investigate Taman Ilmu project

KUALA TERENGGANU, May 27 (Bernama) --The Terengganu Pakatan Harapan (PH) today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the Taman Ilmu East Coast Economic Region development project in Tembila, Besut.

Its chairman, Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah, said the report was made to enable a detailed MACC investigation following speculation the project had incurred an initial expenditure of RM320 million on a 280ha land.

The project was allegedly abandoned and 97 per cent of the buildings were damaged due to vandalism and theft.

He said the MACC should investigate whatever wrongdoing as his Feb 15 visit found that many repairs had not been carried out despite being informed by the previous Barisan Nasional-ruled state government that repair works had been carried out.

"PH asks the MACC to investigate if there is abuse of money and power by the previous state government as it is detrimental to the people and the state," said Kamarul Bahrin, who is also state Parti Amanah Negara chairman.

The Taman Ilmu project was developed since 2004 and was targeted as a basic education facility sharing project that would be able to accommodate the needs of six institutions of higher learning.

To date, the Sultan Zainal Abidin University has been using two blocks in Taman Ilmu since September last year while the P. Ramlee University is expected to be operational in September.