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FCAS ready to build Wisma Zhong Hua if there is land


23rd July, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) is keen to construct a building which truly represents the Chinese community of Sabah, if there’s suitable piece of land for such purpose.

Its president Tan Sri T.C. Goh (pic) thus urged members of the Chinese community in the state to contact him, if such land is available.

He said, FCAS has a responsibility and the sincere intention to construct a real Wisma Zhong Hua, and not just one which is located inside a shopping mall.

He expressed this after officiating at the swearing in ceremony of the management committee for the Peak Nam Tong temple here, on Sunday.

He nonetheless acknowledged that it is not easy to find a suitable piece of land within the city centre, nowadays.

When asked by reporters whether FCAS plans to apply for such land from the Sabah government, without hesitating, he said: “What dignity and excuse do we have to apply for the state land from the government when we, the Chinese community as a whole, can’t even complete the proposed Wisma Zhong Hua at the piece of 2.7-acre prime land at Karamunsing?”

He added that even if the government is willing to allocate a piece of land for the size of 3-5 acres, it may be located in Donggongon or Tuaran.

“If that’s the case, then it can’t be considered a landmark building as, a landmark building should be one that is situated in Kota Kinabalu city centre and is easily visible to the people, visitors and tourists included.

“If we were to build such a monumental building, it should be like the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) building which is strategically situated at the roadside, and a landmark for many generations to come,” he explained.

Goh urged those members of the Chinese community who happened to own a piece of land that is strategically located in the city centre, and is keen to jointly develop such a monumental landmark, to contact him.

He was also confident and assured that FCAS would be able to successfully implement such a project, if someone is willing to contribute the land.

Touching on the ongoing Wisma Zhong Hua controversy, he said in as far as FCAS is concerned, it has unequivocally stated its official stand against the proposed sale of the Karamunsing land by The United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK).

Regardless of who’s right or wrong in this issue, since both parties (USCCAKK, Sabah United Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SUCCC) and the developer (Arah Permai Sdn Bhd) had signed the joint venture agreement to construct the Wisma Zhong Hua, they should respect the JV agreement as well as the six consensuses which they subsequently agreed upon, he added.

Under the six consensuses, the developer is required to commence work on the project by 10 October, 2019 and to complete it within 42 months. Failing which, the developer shall pay a compensation of RM600,000 for an extension period of 12 months i.e. until 10 October, 2020.

In other words, the developer still has a time frame of between 3 to 15 months to commence works on the project.

“We should be optimistic about it. But, if the developer still fails to start work within this period of time, then he should surrender his right to the project and return the piece of land (to USCCAKK and SUCCC),” said Goh.

He added that that if based on the six consensuses, the issue of selling the land is non-existence as, the deadline has yet to expire, and therefore there should be no rush to sell it off.

He reiterated that although legally-speaking the land is jointly-held by SUCCC and USCCAKK, it should belong to the Chinese community, collectively. The two associations are just the ‘trustees’.

Goh also put on record that the developer Datuk Francis Goh had during the USCCAKK meeting in the past promised to provide six parking spaces to FCAS, but it was later ignored despite having officially written in to the developer twice to pursue the matter.

He also expressed regret that such promise by the developer was not minuted during the said meeting.

“Since the developer is not responding to our inquiry on the matter, we are not going to force him. Our (FCAS) central committee has during last Saturday meeting decided to give up the six parking spaces but, and clearly stated the facts of the matter in our minutes of meeting, so that there won’t be any confusion or misunderstanding when our successors take over the office, in future,” he explained.

He nonetheless clarifies that FCAS always welcome those who are sincere in wanting to contribute to the Federation.

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