Khir in a pickle over palatial mansion
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
A partial view of the mansion which former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo is allegedly building. — Picture by Jack Ooi
SHAH ALAM, July 6 — Selangor’s opposition leader is in the spotlight again, this time for allegedly building a palatial mansion which dwarfs the infamous Istana Zakaria built by the late Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Md Deros.
DAP’s Ng See Lim today revealed documents which allegedly confirms allegations which first surfaced over the Internet months ago that Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo owns the mansion on Jalan Suasa 7/1L in Shah Alam.
The Sekinchan assemblyman said the resort-like home of the former mentri besar had been built on two plots of land measuring over 50,000 sq ft or 1.17acres.Ng, who produced documents from the State Land Department said, Dr Khir had purchased one lot measuring 31,794 sq feet for RM2.9million while another lot measuring 20,427 sq feet was purchased for RM900,000.
He further alleged that the mansion, which sits behind high walls, was built at a further cost of RM20 million.
“I would like Dr Mohd Khir, who was a dentist before becoming mentri besar for eight years, to explain how he accumulated so much wealth that he could afford to build the house that cost at least RM24 million.”
Pictures of a palatial mansion surfaced on the Internet just before the Umno elections.
Asked about it then, Dr Khir said it was the work of his enemies in Umno.
Photographs of the property which show a swimming pool and several buildings first surfaced on the antikhirtoyo.blogspot website on March 20.
Dr Khir, who had been a frontrunner in the Umno Youth chief’s contest, eventually lost the election to Khairy Jamaluddin.