Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has questioned why a plot of land in Kepala Batas has not been used to build living quarters for the staff of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) as was intended in 1982.

Instead, the 330-acre (133 ha) site has been leased out for a mere RM7,000 a month since 1984, he said in a statement.

Lim said he understands that the plot was acquired by the previous BN state government which paid RM5,148,000 or RM15,600 per acre.

azlanThe grant was transferred and issued by the Federal Land Commission on Feb 23, 1984, Lim noted.

Lim (right in photo) told Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (left in photo) to explain how the RMAF would benefit if the land is leased out at a low rental.

"What is so special about the company which leases the land at such a low cost? Can this contribute to the rakyat? ...  The lease period is for three years and will expire in June next year," he said.

Lim further urged Zahid to "protect and defend" the interests of the RMAF, the people and the country by building the quarters for staff.

"This was a promise made 28 years ago. Does this comply with the (hollow BN) slogan ‘Janji ditepati’ (Promises fulfilled)?"