The Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked in Defence Housing Society and Eden Housing scheme case that the army’s job is to protect the country’s borders, not to participate in commercial activities.
He asked, is making the housing schemes the job of the army?
Does any other country’s army do this? he asked.
Replying to the question of the judge, a DHA representative said, the Malaysian army is involved in housing schemes.
The judge asked counter question, “Have you modelled the army after just that one country?”
Justice Nisar continued, their name had been stained every time they got into housing schemes, adding, they bought lands that were disputed and controversial, and in doing so, sold their goodwill.
Which army does this?, he asked again.
He said, the Defence Housing Authority runs its business by using widows and martyrs as a shield, and pocket royalties in their name.
At the beginning of the hearing, counsel for the Eden Housing Society told the judge that on the last hearing they were told to sort out the matter outside the court.
The judge asked, the solution could not be found?
Counsel Ahsan Bhown said, trading with the king puts you in loss, this is the matter.
Expressing anger the judge said, you ruled and robbed the king, adding, 11, 700 people were affected as they were promised of plots but they were deceived.
The counsel said, they still have additional land.
The chief justice said, they will hand over that land to the Defence Housing Authority and take care of the monetary interests of the Eden Housing Society.
They could go to the civil court or sort out the matter through the mediator.
He said, DHA will take care of this project and plots will be alloted to the affected people in the Eden Housing Society case in three months.