From left – National UMNO Youth exco information chief cum Tenom UMNO Youth Chief Jamawi Jaafar, Parti Warisan Sabah Wira chief Mohd Azis Jamman and National UMNO Youth exco member cum Tawau Umno Youth Chief Ariffin Kassim.
Tawau Division UMNO Youth chief Ariffin Kassim who was released yesterday after being remanded in connection with the misappropriation of rural project funds amounting to RM1.5 billion, backs the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC’s) role in fighting corruption.
“I have no problem giving my cooperation but the detention standard operating procedure (SOP) implemented by MACC requiring the detainee to don orange uniform and be handcuffed is not appropriate.”
“To me a person is not guilty until he is proven so but the SOP used by MACC can create the perception that the detainee is guilty even before he or she is charged,” he said when met by reporters in Tawau, today.
He said he gave his full cooperation during the interrogation and MACC treated him and other detainees well.
Nine people were remanded, including those who had since been released, to facilitate investigations under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009, into misappropriation of RM1.5 billion that was channeled to a federal ministry for rural development projects in Sabah from 2009 to 2015.