Shafie Ready To Face Investigators; Tells Supporters To Remain Calm

Shafie speaking to reporters at his house in Kota Kinabalu just before he left to meet up with the MACC Thursday evening.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Shafie Apdal, moments before meeting Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators here Thursday evening, repeated that he was not involved in any hanky panky deals involving the ministry of Rural and Regional Development while he was Minister there.

“I am seeing them (MACC) with a clear heart and mind and I am not afraid to answer their questions which I will do to the best of my knowledge, but all I ask is to be fairly treated,” he told BorneoToday before leaving for the MACC office at Jalan Sulaman here.

He also had a word for Parti Warisan Sabah rank and file: “The fight has not ended; it is just the beginning and we must continue with our struggle to save Sabah from going to the dumps under this present administration.”

Shafie, accompanied by his wife, Shuryani Shuaib, and several lawyers led by Martin Tommy then left their Taman Golf View house for the MACC office at about 4.50pm. Several cars ferrying supporters were in tow.

Shafie had arrived at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport from Kuala Lumpur at about 3.45pm was greeted by more than 300 supporters and he stopped to shake hands with as many of them before he was whisked off in a car driven by Darell Leiking, the Warisan deputy president.

They went straight to Shafie’s house near Bukit Padang where he met up with family members, had a short word with his lawyers, held a brief prayer session, and then spoke to several reporters waiting outside the house.

The Semporna Member of Parliament, who celebrates his 60th birthday on Friday, said he was also saddened with the arrests of his two brothers, Yusof and Haji Hamid, reiterating that it was a case of ‘selective prosecution’.

“They have gone overboard with the arrests of my family members,” said Shafie. “This some form of harassment.

“It is all a big show and nothing more; I have always maintained right from the beginning that I am willing to cooperate with the MACC.

“I know they have to do their jobs, and that’s why I will cooperate. I was it Kuala Lumpur when my lawyers got a call from the MACC saying they want to investigate me. So here I am.

Warisan supporters thronged the arrival hall of KKIA Thursday afternoon to hsake hands or hug Shafie (in white shirt).

“I am not going to run away. Why should I. I am not guilty.”

Asked why he was going to the MACC office so late, he said that was the time they had asked him to present himself.

To a question if he was going to be detained, Shafie gave a wry smile, saying: “No need what; I will be in Kota Kinabalu only. Where else to go.”

A lawyer for Shafie said chances are the MACC might do an Azis Jamman (Warisan Youth chief) – call Shafie in for a few hours and then release him for the night with the instructions to report on Friday morning.

This was what happened to Azis when he called at the MACC office the previous Sunday night. After a brief moment with two MACC officers, he was allowed to go back that night but told to return the next morning.

According to a national online report, supporters arrived as early as 2pm, crowding the arrival hall awaiting the Semporna MP’s flight which was due at 3.30pm from Kuala Lumpur.

Shafie was surrounded as he exited the hall and had to be forcefully ushered to his car by bodyguards as the 300-strong supporters did not give way and came closer to show their support by shaking hands and hugging him.

Before getting into his vehicle he managed to reporters that he will be heading to the MACC at 5pm to give his statement.

Shafie, a former Umno vice president was sacked from the federal Cabinet in 2015 following his criticism of the beleaguered 1Malaysia Development Berhad investment firm and soon after started Parti Warisan in Sabah with the aim of toppling the state government.

His appointment with MACC comes as no surprise as the investigators have honed in on RM1.5 billion worth of projects under his former Rural and Regional Development Ministry from 2009 to 2015, while he was minister.

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