RM7.5 billion: PM, CM not involved

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Chief Minister of Sabah, Tan Sri Musa Aman were not involved in the misappropriation of funds involving the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development

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Chairman of Gerakan Akar Umbi UMNO (GAUM), Datuk Zulkarnain Mahdar (centre) showing a copy of news article by MACC after submitting the additional information on the corruption case involving funds for the Sabah rural areas at the headquarters of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL, 13 OCTOBER 2017

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Chief Minister of Sabah, Tan Sri Musa Aman were not involved in the misappropriation of funds involving the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (RRD).

The accusations implicating Najib and Musa in this issue are serious allegations, said the Chairman of Gerakan Akar Umbi UMNO Malaysia (GAUM), Datuk Zulkarnain Mahdar.

According to him, the oppositions tried to twist the facts by connecting GAUM’s reports to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the leadership of the country.

“Some accusations said that Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Tan Sri Musa Aman ordered the investigation as it is nearing GE-14.

“We are actually ready to face and compete with Parti Warisan under the leadership of Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal. There is no reason for PM to issue an order like this,” he said after submitting additional information on the misappropriation of RM7.5 billion RRD funds at the Headquarters of MACC today.

Prior to this, GAUM had actively exposed the weakness of Mohd Shafie’s administration as the Minister of RRD to the people in Sabah.

“We’re here today to submit additional reports on the issues surrounding the funds for the poor in Sabah worth RM1.5 billion. We have provided the latest information to the MACC.

“The MACC have promised to go through the documents submitted. I am ready to be called anytime to provide further information if MACC requires them,” he said.

Previously in March, GAUM had lodged a report to the MACC as what was raised by the Kota Kinabalu MP, Jimmy Wong Sze Phin in 2011.

Sabah Keadilan youth wing, Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) also made the same report to the police on the issue earlier.

“The people want to know why the infrastructures such as roadworks are still in very bad conditions despite the huge amount allocated by the government. This is what we’re trying to get the MACC to do. To investigate on the flaws of the government fund allocations,” Zulkarnain explained.

Last Tuesday, the younger brother of Mohd. Shafie, Hamid Apdal, was arrested by the MACC to assist in the investigation of the misappropriation of the rural development funds in Sabah amounting to RM1.5 billion.

Hamid went to the MACC to get his statements recorded. Six individuals have been remanded so far, to assist in the investigation.

The individuals are the Vice-President of Warisan Datuk Peter Anthony, Warisan Youth Chief Datuk Azis Jamman Tenom UMNO Youth Chief Jamawi Jaafar, Tawau UMNO Youth Chief Ariffin Kassim, a businessman and a former deputy secretary of RRD. -MalaysiaGazette.

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