KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — Former Selangor Mentri Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo will face charges in court today over alleged land fraud in connection with the purchase of property in Section 7, Shah Alam.
The Malaysian Insiderunderstands that the prosecution will be led by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail at the Shah Alam Session Court.
The Selangor opposition leader will be charged with businessman Shamsuddin Hayroni.
They will be charged under section 165 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum imprisonment of two years.
The case makes Dr Khir (picture) the second major Barisan Nasional (BN) 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 in Port Klang.
Dr Khir’s prosecution comes just a day after a rare BN convention where party leaders made a pledge to reject corrupt practices in preparation for possible snap polls.
The Sungai Panjang assemblyman’s Balinese-style home built on the Shah Alam property has been seen as the face of corruption and exploited by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders to campaign against BN in the state.
The property is said to be worth more than RM20 million but Dr Khir insisted that he bought it for only RM3.5 million.
In 2004 former Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam and tycoon Eric Chia were charged with corruption and criminal breach of trust respectively, just weeks before then-Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called for the 11th general election which saw BN winning 90 per cent of the parliamentary seats.
Kasitah was acquitted in August last year while Chia was declared a free man in 2007.