PKR has rubbished a news report alleging that it was in danger of being evicted, but confirmed that bankers had put up its rented headquarters for auction after the owner failed to pay the loan instalments.
"If the auction is successful, the new owner would still have to fulfill the tenancy contract or pay us compensation. So to say we are being evicted is gross misreporting and exaggeration," party vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
He also confirmed that PKR had been offrered by first priority in the auction as they were the existing tenants.
PKR is currently renting two units of five-storey shophouses with at monthly rentals averaging RM2,000 per unit or between RM10,000 and RM20,000. The ground floor and lower units costs more.
Owner did not pay, not PKR
However, the owner or landlord has not been servicing the loan and the bank has issued an auction notice for June 9. The property is located in Merchant Square, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya.
“We are only renting. The landlord didn't pay. It is not our loan so we don't owe any banks. We're only the tenant. I don't know why they didn't pay. Maybe the landlord had problems with their other businesses and couldn't service their loan,” Malaysiakini reported William Leong, the Selayang MP and PKR treasurer, as saying.
“We can continue renting from the new owner, or we can buy the property ourselves.”
The auction reserve price has been set at RM460,000 to RM1 million per unit.
William and Tian declined to name the owner of the property but confirmed that it was not former member John Soh Chee Wen.
Soh, a disgraced businessman, had left the party after falling out with top leaders during the PKR polls last November.
Soh had backed Zaid Ibrahim for the PKR deputy president's post, which was eventually won by Gombak MP Azmin Ali. A former Umno member, Zaid has also left PKR and is now the head of his own KITA party.
- Malaysia Chronicle