5-Day Remand For Umno Member; 6 Days More For Ex-KKLW Staffer

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Haji Hamid Apdal, an Umno member, being led by MACC officers to the Magistrate’s court in Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday to be remanded for five days.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Hamid Apdal, the younger brother of Shafie, a former Umno vice president from Sabah, has been remanded for five days starting Wednesday.

Hamid, who was detained on Tuesday, was brought before Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie at about noon.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) prosecutor Mohd Faliq Basirudin had earlier applied for a seven-day remand, but the court reduced this to five days.

Hamid was questioned for 10 hours by the MACC on Tuesday before he was detained.

An MACC team also raided his house in Petagas Tuesday afternoon and left with some documents.

NORHARTATY RAHMAT

In PUTRAJAYA, the magistrate’s court extended the remand order against a 40-year-old former deputy undersecretary (infrastructure) of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

This is was to facilitate a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe into allegations of embezzlement of RM1.5 billion in federal funds meant for rural development projects in Sabah.

The six-day extension order against Norhartaty binti Rahmat was issued by Magistrate Norhidayati Mohammad Nasroh Wednesday, and will expire on Oct 17.

She was arrested at the MACC headquarters on Oct 5 after being called in to provide her statement.

To date, seven people have been detained in connection with the case. Among them are two Umno Youth leaders from Sabah – Jamawi Jaafar (Tenom) and Ariffin Kassim (Tawau) as well as Hamid who is also an Umno card-carrying member.

From the Warisan side is Peter Anthony, a vice president, and Mohd Azis Jamman, the Youth wing chief.

Yu Sing Kong, a 52-year old contractor who was has been remanded until Friday.

Apart from Nohartaty, a Sabah contractor, Yu Sing Kong has also been detained. He is being remanded until Friday.

The MACC is expected to make more arrests as it sifts through about 350 projects that were given to some 60 companies between 2009 and 2015.

The money was allegedly siphoned from RM7.5bil worth of project funds.

The MACC has so far frozen RM170mil in bank accounts and assets of some of the companies involved.

At least two other well-connected and high profile politicians, one each from the MCA and LDP, has been questioned by the MACC on Monday and Tuesday respectively, though the MACC has yet to confirm this.

They also interviewed several other people including contractors and individuals prior to the arrests of Peter last week.

It was previously reported that 350 projects under the ministry are being scrutinised by the MACC over allegations of embezzlement involving RM1.5 billion in federal funds.

The projects were carried out between 2010 and 2016 in nine districts in the Sabah, including Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan.

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