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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Govt said planning compulsory acquisition of land

The government plans to compulsorily buy a piece of land measuring 0.38ha on Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, from property developer IGB Corp Bhd.

The land is near Megan Phileo Promenade and a stone's throw from the Petronas Twin Towers.

Should the government pay the prevailing price of around RM1,200 per sq ft for the piece of land, the land may be sold for some RM40 million, a source said.

It is understood that the government may build a fire station on that location.

"IGB has already received a development order to build 166 units of high-end service apartments with 200,000 sq ft of net saleable area," a source told Business Times.
The source added that IGB hopes to get at least RM1,200 per sq ft, given that land prices in vicinity of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre ranges from RM1,900 to RM2,200 per sq ft.

Should IGB be paid RM1,200 per sq ft, it may get some RM40 million from the government.

"The project is in the pipeline, but it has not been launched yet," another source said.

Citigroup in a research report dated December 16 said that the book cost for the land is RM6.4 million or RM156 per sq ft.

"Typically, compulsory acquisition is done at market price (but what is the market price is also subjective) ... In the property market report, the last transaction in the KLCC area (off Jalan Tun Razak) was close to RM1,500 per sq ft," the report said.

It added that should the land be sold at RM1,200 per sq ft, IGB has a potential after tax-gain of RM32 million.

By Business Times (by Vasantha Ganesan)

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