Cops Summon Parti Warisan Members Over Gatherings.

Eleven Parti Warisan Sabah members today gave police statements over the rally in front of Kota Kinabalu court on Oct 10, and a candlelight vigil elsewhere in the city the day before.

Their statements were recorded at the Kota Kinabalu Police Headquarters, this morning.

They were to assist in the investigation of the rally of 200-300 people as a sign of solidarity with the youth chief and vice-president who were remanded by the court to assist investigation of misappropriation of public funds for Sabah’s rural projects by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Among them were deputy president Darrel Leiking (Penampang MP), vice president Junz Wong (Likas State Assemblyman), treasurer Terrence Siambun (Moyog State Assemblyman),information chief Honorsius Bosuin and secretary general, Loretto Padua Jr.

Also summoned by the police were Warisan Women’s chief Johair Marlani, Wirawati chief Munirah Majilis and her deputy Jo-Anna Henley Rampas, deputy Youth chief Nicholas Chak, Youth legal adviser Norazmi Alimat and Sepanggar division chief coordinator Mentoh Aru.

Kota Kinabalu City Police chief ACP M. Chandra confirmed the matter, but declined to elaborate.

Meanwhile Warisan’s Darrel Leiking said, the police wanted to know if the two gatherings were organised in any way.

“Our statements were recorded in connection with the presence of supporters at the court compound and the candlelight vigil, and also on whether both events had been organised.

“Everyone came on their own. It was not organised. It was of public interest and that’s why people came.” he said.

The MACC is investigating the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion from a RM7.5 billion allocation for 70 rural development projects in the state between 2009 and 2015.

Warisan president Shafie Apdal was the rural and regional development minister during the said period.


Warisan And UMNO Youth Leaders Released From Remand In RM1.5 Billion Graft Probe

Parti Warisan Sabah Youth chief Azis Jamman along with Tawau UMNO Youth chief Ariffin Kassim and Tenom UMNO Youth head Jamawi Jaafar were released today after being held in remand in connection with a graft investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Azis and Tawau UMNO Youth chief Ariffin Kassim were freed on RM50,000 bail each, with RM30,000 to be deposited, while Tenom UMNO Youth head Jamawi Jaafar was released on RM20,000 bail.

The trio, who are leaders of two respective political parties were initially remanded for five days and a further three days by the court on the application of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, on suspected embezzlement involving RM1.5 billion in rural development funds earmarked for Sabah.

The RM1.5 billion was said to be part of RM7.5 billion allocated for water, electricity and road infrastructure development projects.


Salleh Tells Dzulkifli To Remain Steadfast

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Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad should remain steadfast and not succumb to underhanded tactics to undermine him.

He urged the country’s chief graft buster to continue with his efforts to clean up the country from the scourge of corruption.

Salleh said this in his latest posting following allegations of extramarital affair levelled against Dzulkifli.

“In 2015, when they thought the MACC could be used to attack Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, those opposed to the government would visit the MACC head office and would sing the praises of the MACC and worshipped the ground that the then MACC Chief Commissioner walked on.

“Today, Dzulkifli is being brutally attacked. If they can use you then you are a god-send and if they cannot use you then they will go to any length to discredit you, humiliate you, tarnish your image, and destroy your reputation with lies, slander and fabricated allegations of all sorts of imagined ‘crimes’,” he said.

In this respect, Salleh urged Dzulkiflli to ignore such condemnation and continue serving his duty “because as a senior and high profile public servant, being subjected to attacks comes with the territory, the more you do your job the more you will suffer attacks”.


Wanita UMNO’s Role Important In GE14 – Musa Aman

The Wanita UMNO wing will play an important role in the party during the coming general election, said UMNO Supreme Council member Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Musa, who is also Sabah Chief Minister, said UMNO’s top leadership especially party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak acknowledged the role of the wing in UMNO’s struggle.

He said Wanita UMNO was the backbone of UMNO, like the other two party wings, Youth and Puteri.

“The support of these three wings has always been important to UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN), especially for the coming 14th general election,” he said when launching Majlis Kembara Ibu Terbaik Bangsa PRU-14 (KITA-14) UMNO zone five, a community programme by UMNO in Sandakan, today.

Also present were Wanita UMNO head Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Sabah Wanita UMNO chief Datuk Armani Mahiruddin.

Musa said he was confident Wanita UMNO would be effective in ensuring that Sabah continued to be a stronghold for UMNO and BN.

He also described Wanita UMNO’s Jalinan Rakyat (JR) as an effective way of getting close to the people, especially voters at the grassroots level.

Earlier, Shahrizat described the JR programme as a way for the movement to ensure the effectiveness in reaching out to the voters at the grassroots level.

She also urged the movement’s machinery at all levels to ensure the JR programme was effectively implemented according to what was set out by the party leadership.

She said this would ensure that the machinery was smooth during GE14 to ensure BN’s victory.


Abu Sayyaf Chief Isnilon’s Death May End Kidnappings In Sabah

The success of the security forces of the Philippines in shooting dead Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) chief, Isnilon Hapilon (photo center) in the latest battle in Marawi, southern Philippines is a positive development which hopefully can end the episodes of kidnapping especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).

Sabah Suluk Solidarity Council (MPSS) secretary, Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto said it is also hoped that the peaceful atmosphere in the waters of the Sulu Sea would return to enable all economic activities to resume as normal.

In this regard, he hoped the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) could tighten control along the Malaysia-Philippines territorial waters as it was feared that ASG fragment groups would slip into Sabah to evade the security forces of the Philippines and use the state as their location to carry out their strategic planning.

Zaki said all possibilities were possible because they were desperate to save themselves and continue their struggle or at least seek revenge on the death of their leader.

“They may masquerade as fishermen, traders or tourists to slip into Sabah and this situation must be given utmost attention to maintain the security in Sabah.

“The people of Sabah must also help ESSCom by informing them of the presence of suspicious characters in their respective areas so that fast and appropriate action can be taken,” added Zaki.

Zaki said this when commenting on the statement of the Secretary of Defence of the Philippines Delfin Lorenzana, via the news portal, The Philippine Inquirer.Net today, confirming that Isnilon and Maute terrorist group leader, Omar Mauter had been killed in a battle with the security forces of the Philippines in Marawi, southern Philippines.

He was confident ESSCom, headed by its commander, would always be prepared 24-hour a day to face any possibility.

At the same time, Zaki said the people of Sabah must be thankful to the federal government specifically Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who continued to focus on efforts to look after the national security and sovereignty especially on the east coast of Sabah.