Umno can file any motion in Penang, says Guan Eng

Source: The Malay Mail Online

GEORGE TOWN, April 10 — Penang Umno can file any motion at next month’s state legislative assembly, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

The Penang lawmaker said Penang practises a democracy, so the state Opposition can file any motions even if it is against him.

“Even though our motion to ask for the prime minister’s resignation was rejected in Parliament, we will allow them to move their motion in Penang because we practise a democracy,” he said in a press conference at his office today.

He was responding to a statement by Penang Umno Liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman who said state Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid will be filing a motion calling for Lim’s resignation due to his ongoing corruption case in court.

“So far we have no objection to them filing the motion, but it is up to the Speaker to decide,” he said. Read more

In tit for tat, Penang Umno to file motion against Guan Eng

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Lim Guan Eng’s (pic) refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office. — Picture by K.E.Ooi for the MMO.

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Lim Guan Eng’s (pic) refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office. — Picture by K.E.Ooi for the MMO.

GEORGE TOWN, April 10 — Penang Umno said today it will table a motion demanding for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s resignation, after he announced plans to file a motion condemning an Umno MP’s comments on rape victims.

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Penang Umno has decided to ask its Opposition Leader, Datuk Jahara Hamid, to table the motion at the state legislative assembly that will start on May 19.

“We want to reiterate our call to Lim to take leave or to resign from his chief minister post until his corruption case in court is over,” he said in a statement issued today.

He said Lim’s refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office.

“Witnesses especially government officials will be at a loss and feel pressured if they are called to give their testimony in court against a chief minister who is still in office,” he claimed.

He added that the long trial of the case will also disrupt the daily schedule of the chief minister and could adversely affect the state administration. Read more

Johor exco’s son, special officer nabbed for graft

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Nissan Skyline (centre) owned by Ahmad Fauzan. — Picture by Malay Mail

The Nissan Skyline (centre) owned by Ahmad Fauzan. — Picture by Malay Mail

JOHOR BARU, Feb 26 — At 25, Ahmad Fauzan Hatim Abd Latif led a lavish lifestyle.

He owned a Nissan Skyline R35, Porsche Cayenne, a Mercedes-Benz CLA 200, loved motorsports and often travelled to Europe for holidays.

However, the eldest son of Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abd Latif Bandi was among five individuals nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Friday over allegations of graft.

Also nabbed were Abd Latif’s special officer Muhammad Idzuan Jamalludin, also in his 20s, a lawyer, two businessmen and another individual.

More civil servants, including ranking officers, were expected to be picked up soon.

Investigations by the anti-graft body revealed Ahmad Fauzan and Idzuan were allegedly in cahoots with civil servants from the Johor Land Office and other government departments in lowering the premium of land which had been approved for housing and industrial projects, as well as in converting the titles of various premises in the state.

This had resulted the state government losing millions of ringgit.

Investigators had been monitoring the suspects for close to six months but those within the political circle were already talking about their supposed exploits. Read more

Felda chairman says RM4.3b not missing after all

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

JOHOR BARU, Feb 12 — Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad today clarified that the agency had not lost RM4.3 billion as reported.

The Johor Baru Member of Parliament said he has a list of how the RM4.3 billion was utilised, namely for long term investment, both here and abroad.

“No money is lost. From the RM6 billion received when Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd was listed, we spent RM1.7 billion for Felda settlers to pay each family RM15,000.

“The balance of RM4.3 billion was used for various reasons. Felda made one off payments to the governments of Sabah (RM300 million), Pahang RM250 million, housing loan for Felda settlers RM400 million, management expenses RM883 million plus investments in property, both here and foreign countries, to buy shares and many others,” he said.

Shahrir was commenting on reports in a number of news portals that claimed RM6 billion received by Felda after the FGVH listing has not been accounted for. Read more

[Updated] Felda chairman: Where did RM4.3b from listing go?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HAKAM comment: There is an update to this article: Felda chairman says RM4.3b not missing after all [12 Feb 2017]

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — RM4.3 billion of the RM6 billion Felda earned from the listing of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH) is unaccounted for, said Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

In a report by Malay daily Sinar Harian, the Felda chairman said his agency received the amount as dividends from FGVH’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2012, but the missing billions has caused frustrations among Felda settlers.

“Felda received RM6 billion from the listing of FGVH which is Felda’s business asset. From that amount, we have spent RM1.7 billion as windfall,” Shahrir was quoted saying yesterday.

Shahrir said Felda awarded settlers and their families RM15,000 for each household, leaving behind a balance of RM4.3 billion.

“So where did this RM4.3 billion go? I think this has frustrated settlers who are very close to Felda … who admire the role of Felda … I think they have been disappointed,” Shahrir said.

In 2012, FGVH raised US$3.1 billion (RM10 billion) in Asia’s biggest IPO that year, with its stock selling for RM4.55 each.

Felda owns 21.25 per cent of FGVH.

Shahrir’s remark came as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained five people, three serving and two former staff of the Federal Land Development Authority last month, on suspicion of corruption relating to a sturgeon farming project worth RM146.25 million. Read more

MACC records statements from Ampang PKR Youth chief over his alleged extraordinary wealth

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 10 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has taken statements from Ampang PKR Youth chief Datuk Adam Rosly over allegations of the extraordinary wealth he owned.

Adam, 28, who was the focus of the allegation, arrived at the MACC headquarters here at 8.15am in a Toyota Vellfire.

He was also seen carrying several documents when entering the building.

Speaking to reporters after the four-hour interview, Adam said various questions were raised including about his sources of income.

“I was not interrogated, the MACC officer merely interviewed me and asked about my sources of income and I thanked them as they were conducting their duties professionally,” he said.

Prior to this, various reports and questions were raised over the extraordinary wealth amassed by of Adam, which include several luxury cars and a bungalow worth millions in Ampang, after joining the PKR, which administers Selangor.

Following that, Ampang Umno head Datuk Ismail Kijo lodged a report with MACC. — Bernama

Tender for 2017 SEA Games gymnastics equipment flawed, official claims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

“It is rightly so that the MACC step in to check such unethical process,” – an official from the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF)

2017 Sea Games logo, taken from MMO

2017 SEA Games logo, taken from MMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 ― News has filtered out from the corridors of powers that the tender exercise for the supply of equipment for gymnastics events in the 2017 SEA Games hosted by Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur has not gone through the proper procedures.

Bernama was reliably informed that an official from the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) had submitted a tender for the supply of gymnastics equipment through a company that the official is believed to have vested interest.

According to a source close to the tender process, though such a submission of tender would be a conflict of interest, those in the panel, including the National Sports Council (NSC) have not rejected the bid.

“This is against the integrity pledge that Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has been promoting for associations and companies to abide when accepting a call from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for companies, associations and government agencies to sign integrity pledges.

“It is rightly so that the MACC step in to check such unethical process,” said the source. Read more

MACC nabs five Felda senior execs

Source: The Star Online

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has nabbed five high-level personnel from Felda under its Ops Caviar over alleged corruption.

The five were detained by MACC between 11.30am and 1.30pm in several locations around the Klang Valley on Tuesday.

All five are believed to have abused their positions in the company for personal gain since 2014.

It is learnt all five are being investigated in relation to a sturgeon fish rearing project worth about USD$10mil (RM47.6mil).

They will be remanded in a Putrajaya court on Wednesday to assist investigations into the case.

MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the arrests and seizures of documents in relation to the probe.

The 2015 Auditor-General’s Report (Series 2) stated that no feasibility study and due diligence was undertaken by Felda prior to a sturgeon-rearing and two other projects, costing the agency millions in losses.