Tawau UMNO Youth Chief Ariffin Kassim Backs MACC’s Efforts

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.


Shafie Apdal’s Brother, Yusof Apdal Remanded Over Embezzlement Of Fund For Rural Projects In Sabah

Another younger brother of former federal minister Shafie Apdal is in remand for four days from today for investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds, involving RM180 million, for rural projects in Sabah.

Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie issued the order against 57-year-old man Yusof Apdal following an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Yusof Apdal, who is UMNO’s Lahad Datu state assemblyman was arrested by MACC when he went to the Sabah MACC office to give his statement on the matter, is among nine people arrested so far in connection with the misappropriation of funds for rural projects amounting to RM180 million which was part of the RM1.5 billion embezzled from the ministry of rural and regional development.

The RM1.5 billion was part of the federal government’s allocations for the ministry totaling RM7.5 billion to implement rural projects in Sabah from 2009 to 2015.


Guan Eng Should Not Contest In CEC Amidst Corruption Charges – PAP

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng should not contest in the re-election of the party’s Central Executive Committee as he is facing two corruption charges, says People’s Alternative Party (PAP) vice-president Rahmad Isahak.

He said based on the principle of integrity and moral, the Penang Chief Minister should excuse himself as a candidate in the CEC election in November even though the list of candidates was based on the December 2012 election.

“Rationally to excuse oneself as a candidate would be the best example, when he is facing two corruption charges even though Guan Eng had declined to resign as chief minister.”

“Essentially he should reject any posts in the party including the CEC when the third party election is held,” he said in a statement today.

Radmad said this was the best time for a leader like Guan Eng to transform the question of moral as well as the element of integrity or credibility.

“Do not use the December 2012 list as an excuse to be a candidate based on the order of the Registrar of Societies (RoS) but it is his exclusive right to determine his own position from the moral standpoint.”

“There is no question of weakening DAP’s administration without the involvement of Guan Eng as there were shortcomings in the past two elections under his charge as secretary-general and polls were not recognised by RoS,” he said.

Guan Eng in a special press conference in Kuala Lumpur recently announced the re-election of DAP’s CEC would be held on Nov 12 at the Shah Alam Ideal Convention Centre after getting the green-light from RoS.


Another Of Shafie Apdal’s Brother Yusof Apdal Arrested By MACC

A second brother of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal has been arrested by MACC.

Mohammad Yusof Apdal(photo left), the Lahad Datu state assemblyman, was arrested at 8pm this evening after presenting himself at the MACC office in Kota Kinabalu, to assist into the alleged misappropriation of at least RM1.5 billion in rural development funds intended for Sabah.

Unlike his brother, Yusof had remained in UMNO, and is the Silam division chief.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed the detention of the Yusof Apdal but refused to elaborate.

On Oct 10, Shafie’s younger brother, Hamid Apdal, was also arrested by MACC, followed by the detention of Hamid’s son-in-law last Sunday. Also arrested earlier was Shafie’s nephew and Warisan Sabah’s Youth Chief Azis Jamman.

All of the arrests are linked to MACC’s investigation into the alleged misappropriation of at least RM1.5 billion in rural development funds intended for Sabah.

Shafie Apdal was the former minister of rural and regional development.


Immigration Cripples Fake E-Kad Syndicate In Sabah

The Immigration Department has crippled a fake E-Kad syndicate in Sabah, run by a 60 year-old man who claimed to be a “Datuk Seri” in an operation in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the 12-hour operation which began at noon led to the arrest of 14 people, including three Filipinos and the seizure of 60 items.

“This ‘Datuk Seri’ hides his activities behind a private company in Kota Kinabalu,” he said in a statement.

Illegal immigrants were charged between RM1,100 and RM1,200 per card, which supposedly allows them to reside in Sabah as a registered foreign worker.

Mustafar said the registration was done by a company headed by the ‘Datuk Seri’ while the printing and distribution were done by appointed agents in Kuala Lumpur.

“The Immigration Department reiterates that there is no such E-Kad programme in Sabah. We never appointed any party or individual to implement it.”

Those arrested were taken to Kota Kinabalu Immigration Detention Depot for further investigation.