KUALA LUMPUR – While the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com-mission (MACC) insists that Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad is a suspect in its investigations, a minister says his role as acting chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) remains unchanged.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said that according to the SPAD’s standard operating procedure on top management members, Mohd Isa is still the acting chairman and nothing has changed until his case is disposed.
“At this point in time, the situation is status quo and SPAD has the mechanism to handle this should Mohd Isa be removed for any reason, as we have the interim or replacement for him,” she said after presenting RM5,000 government grants to 88 taxi drivers here yesterday.
She did not name the SPAD interim acting chairman among its board members who would be chosen to replace Mohd Isa should he be found guilty.
Mohd Isa did not turn up for yesterday’s function.
Nancy said SPAD’s operations were not disrupted despite Mohd Isa’s absence.
The former Felda chairman was released from a five-day remand on Sunday in connection with the investigation into the purchase of a hotel in London by Felda Investment Corp (FIC).
He was arrested last week at MACC headquarters, where he was called to have his statement recorded on the investigation of discrepancies in FIC’s purchase of Park City Hotel in Kensington, London.
The company was said to have bought the hotel for an inflated price of RM330mil, with the actual value estimated at RM110mil.
On Aug 17, MACC officers took him to his office at the SPAD headquarters, where the officers went through his documents.
In Putrajaya, MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Azam Baki refuted claims that Mohd Isa was a witness in the investigations.
Anyone arrested by the MACC for investigations is considered a suspect, he added.
“I think some people might need to learn criminal law here. When we hold a person under remand, the person is being investigated.
“Of course he’s a suspect. If you are arrested, you are considered a suspect,” Azam said after attending an anti-corruption pledge ceremony hosted by the Foreign Minis-try.
He was commenting on Mohd Isa’s lawyers, who argued that he was only brought in as a witness and to “assist” in the MACC’s investigations into FIC’s hotel purchases.
Azam said the probe into the hotel purchases was ongoing.
“Once investigations have been completed, we will forward the matter to the deputy public prosecutor,” he added. – The Star Online