Another Umno Man Detained In Sabah Rural Projects Graft Probe

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Hamid Apdal, right, with a friend at a Hari Raya gathering at his house in Taman Bersatu, Petagas. He will be produced in court Wednesday, to be remanded.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Hamid Apdal was detained by graft-busters after a marathon 10-hour grilling at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) Sabah headquarters Tuesday night.

Hamid turned himself in at the MACC office after being informed that he was wanted for questioning in investigations into alleged hanky panky involving rural development projects in Sabah.

He was not at home at his Taman Bersatu, Petagas house on Monday night when MACC officers visited him, and on Tuesday chose to go to the MACC office on his own accord.

Hamid, an Umno member and a younger sibling of Shafie Apdal and Umno Lahad Datu Assemblyman, Yusof, turned up at the Commission’s offices here at 10am on Tuesday.

Late Tuesday, sources told BorneoToday that Hamid was being detained overnight prior to be remanded on Wednesday morning.

Prior to his arrest at 9.30pm, five MACC officers accompanied him to his house in Petagas where a thorough search was carried out for three hours.

It is learned that several files and documents were taken. MACC officials have declined to comment on the arrest.

Jamawi Jaafar, in SPRM orange t-shirt, being taken to the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, two Sabah Umno Youth leaders as well as Warisan Youth chief were remanded for five days each to help facilitate investigations into alleged corrupt practises involving rural projects in Sabah.

Jamawi Jaafar and Ariffin Kassim as well as Mohd Azis Jamman were brought to the Magistrate’s Court here Tuesday afternoon and were remanded by Magistrate
Cindy Mc Juce Balitus after an application by the MACC.

Ariffin Kassim is Tawau Umno Youth chief.

Jamawi Jaafar, 43, is a special aide to Salleh Said Keruak, the minister of Communications and Multimedia. He is also Umno Youth Information chief, and heads the Tenom Umno Youth division.

Ariffin Kassim, 44 is the Tawau Umno Youth chief.

They were detained at the Sabah MACC headquarters and Tawau office respectively on Monday.

Azis, 43, was arrested at 5pm Monday at the Sabah MACC headquarters here.

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

Many of the projects were allegedly uncompleted or failed to meet specifications though full payments were made to the companies.

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

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