I received a Notice of Demand from Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) dated 4 December 2020 through their law firm, Shahul Hamidi & Haziq.
The Notice is with regards to a press conference held in Parliament on 18 November 2020, in response to the Report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) entitled “Penjualan Tanah Milik Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan (KWP)”.
Amongst other demands, YWP is requesting RM10 million as compensation for statements I made on the above matter.
In pages 19-20 of the Report, PAC concluded that the Federal Territories Minister and the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur are exposed in a potential position of conflict of interest. This is because by virtue of their posts as the Federal Territories Minister and the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, they both automatically hold the positions of Chairperson and Trustee of YWP respectively.
The PAC proposed that YWP’s structure be looked into and that the entity be reconstituted as a statutory body for it to be accountable to the government.
The PAC Report was based on proceedings held in 2019, when YB Dato’ Dr Noraini Ahmad (Parit Sulong) was the Chair of PAC. She is currently Minister of Higher Education and UMNO Wanita Chief.
YWP has an ongoing project in my constituency in Taman Tiara Titiwangsa. I have worked with the Taman Tiara Titiwangsa Residents Association prior to the 2018 elections, which continued during the Pakatan Harapan era until today.
The residents have been opposing the project.
For the record, the residents have won the case on the project against DBKL at the High Court and Court of Appeal.
YWP has similarly issued notices to four other MPs YB Wong Kah Who (current PAC Chairperson and Ipoh Timur MP), YB Tan Kok Wai (Cheras), YB Hannah Yeoh (Segambut), YB Lim Lip Eng (Kepong) as well as myself for our press statements where we were merely commenting on conclusions and recommendations made on the PAC Report.
On 26 December 2020, our lawyer, Syahredzan Johan, replied to YWP’s lawyers.
Why has YWP not taken any action against other members of the PAC including Noraini Ahmad who is both a fellow Cabinet minister and UMNO leader like Federal Territories Minister and YWP Chairperson YB Tan Sri Annuar Musa?
I will not be intimidated by their action and will continue to exercise my duties as a legislator and stand up for my constituents.
NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT