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KUALA LUMPUR – Ampang Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth chief Datuk Adam Rosly Abdullah was charged in the Sessions Court here today with six counts of giving false statements and documents to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) during investigation on his alleged extraordinary wealth.

However, the businessman pleaded not guilty to all the charges before Judge Allaudeen Ismail.

On the first and second count, Adam Rosly, 30, was charged with giving false statements to two MACC investigating officers pertaining to his employment as a businessman and income, as well as on his purchase of luxury cars, a bungalow worth RM1.2 million in Kampung Melayu Ampang which he paid in cash, loans of RM200,000 from his mother-in-law and grandmother, and RM500,000 from ‘Ah Long” (loan shark).

For the third to the sixth count, he was charged with using false documents, comprising two agreements for loans from two individuals and two cash vouchers from his company, Gegas Mentari Holding Sdn Bhd, with intention to deceive the MACC officers.

All the offences were allegedly committed at the MACC headquarters at Block D6, Parcel D, Federal Government Administrative Centre, Putrajaya, between 9 am and 12.15 pm last Feb 10 and between 9 am and 2 pm last Feb 22.

The charges were made under Section 89 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, which provides a fine of up to RM3 million, or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, if found guilty.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib, who prosecuted, offered bail of RM400,000 with one surety, but lawyer Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, representing Adam Rosly, requested for bail of RM150,000 on grounds that his client’s income was not much and there was no risk of him fleeing the country as his wife and children were in Malaysia.

The court then set bail at RM300,000 in one surety and also for Adam Rosly to surrender his passport to the court.

It also fixed May 29 for mention.

Meanwhile, Adam Rosly’s wife and family members were at the court today, as well as Ampang Member of Parliament Zuraida Kamaruddin. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – Several individuals are expected to be charged in connection with an alleged corruption and embezzlement of property case in Johor soon, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (Operations) deputy commissioner Datuk Azam Baki.

In confirming the case, he said MACC and the Deputy Public Prosecutor was in the process of streamlining some elements of the investigation.

“I will not disclose the names of these individuals. Suffice to say that those who will be charged are among those who have been arrested pertaining to the case,” he said.

He told this to reporters when met after attending a joint operation meeting with MACC Investigations director Datuk Simi Abd Ghani and Johor MACC director Datuk Azmi Alias. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – An adviser of a property development company with the title “Datuk Seri” and his son who has the “Datuk” title who were remanded for investigation into a land scandal since April 12, were released today.

Sessions and Magistrate’s Court Senior Registrar Ahmad Tajudin Zain allowed the 74-year-old adviser and his 47-year-old son, who is also the company director, to be released on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Comission’s (MACC) bail of RM100,000 each with two sureties.

The proceeding was conducted at a private hospital here as the adviser was receiving treatment for hypertension since last Friday.

According to the MACC statement earlier, the two men were remanded to facilitate the investigation into a land scandal involving Yayasan Bumiputra Pulau Pinang Berhad.

They were believed to have abused their positions to sell land belonging to the company without going through stipulated procedures and at below the market price.

Their action was said to have caused a subsidiary of the company to suffer losses of millions of ringgit since the past few years. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – A Datuk Seri developer, who was remanded for six days by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), will be released Monday after his six-day remand order ends.

Several journalists had gathered outside Island Hospital after learning that a magistrate would be at the private hospital to issue the release order on the 74-year-old man who was admitted on Saturday after he complained of health complications in the MACC lock-up.

A check at the private ward at the top floor of the hospital revealed the door closed with the signs “Do not disturb” and “No visitors” hung outside.

Two men, believed to be MACC officers, were seen at the visitors corner of the ward.

By 10am Monday, more officers had arrived ahead of the expected arrival of the magistrate.

The Datuk Seri and his 47-year-old son, who has a Datuk title, were arrested by MACC on April 11 and remanded the next day to facilitate investigations on a land deal involving a local foundation.

According to MACC, their arrest was linked to the March 29 arrest of a 70-year-old Datuk, who was remanded pending investigation into alleged abuse of power while he was the head of the local foundation.

The investigation of all those involved are being conducted under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009. – The Star Online

KOTA BHARU – A Kelantan National Padi and Rice Board (LPN) regulatory division senior officer was detained in connection with soliciting and accepting a RM3,500 bribe.

State Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Datuk Shamsuddin Mohammad Yusof said the 56-year-old suspect was nabbed at 3.30pm yesterday in a restaurant here.

He said the senior officer was remanded for six days, beginning today.

Also picked up were three enforcement officers from the division, he said, adding the trio were released this afternoon after their statements were recorded.

The four suspects were nabbed on suspicion of requesting and receiving a RM3,500 bribe as inducement to issue passes to move a consignment of rice to Perak from Kelantan, and as an ‘introductory greeting’. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will provide full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in the investigation of its officers arrested for alleged involvement in corruption and misconduct.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar made the pledge in a statement here today.

“I assure you that the ministry and all its departments will continue to support MACC’s efforts to fight corruption and misconduct,” he said.

The statement was issued following reports on the arrest of officers from the Peninsular Malaysia Forestry Department, Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage recently. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – A businessman with the title of ‘Tan Sri’ and his son are among six people being remanded for six days from today to assist in the investigation into false claims made to the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) over the Sungai Melaka beautification project.

The ‘Tan Sri’, in his 60s, was arrested at his house in Johor about 10am yesterday while his son, who is also working in his company, was the latest suspect detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at 11 last night in Johor.

Four others who are being remanded for the same period until April 11 are three DID officers and a DID pensioner.

According to MACC sources, the DID officers were detained on suspicion of colluding with the Tan Sri, who is the owner of the appointed company to supply geotubes for the DID project, involving work to rehabilitate the river using the digging method in 2012.

Meanwhile, three Malaysia Indian Football Association (MIFA) players are being remanded for seven days from today on suspicion of taking bribes from bookies to fix the outcome of Malaysia Premier League matches.

The remand orders for the two cases were issued by majistrate A. Akhiruddin @ Boy Acho at the court, here. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A businessman with the honorific title, ‘Tan Sri’ has been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged involvement in bribery involving a Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) project.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said the 60-year-old suspect was picked up at his home in Johor today.

He said the MACC also nabbed three DID officers and a former DID staff to assist in the probe.

Azam said the three civil servants were detained at the DID headquarters in Putrajaya while the former staff was picked up at his home in Seremban.

It is learnt the four men comprised special projects division former director, engineer, site engineer and assistant engineer.

According to Azam, more individuals might be detained in the near future.

Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation said the four suspects with links to DID were suspected of abetting the ‘Tan Sri’ who owned a company appointed by the department to supply geotube equipment.

The project involved river restoration works using mining methods.

“The suspects have issued invoice(s) amounting to almost RM13 million to supply 358 geotube units when only 89 units were delivered, worth about RM4 million.

“Subsequently, the government lost almost RM9 million due to alleged abuse of positions for their own gain,” said the source.

All the suspects are expected to be remanded under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009 in the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. – BERNAMA

KUALA TERENGGANU – The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has not received any requests from the opposition-ruled states to implement the Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR), until now.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said that even though the pledge is an initiative of the state government to show their commitment to fight corruption and abuse of power, it strongly encouraged all state governments to implement it.

“If there is a request (from the opposition-ruled states), God willing, we will go. Indeed we encourage all states to take the pledge to show their sincerity and integrity to fight corruption, it depends on the top leadership in the state,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after witnessing Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman and nine exco members reciting and signing the pledge here today.

Terengganu is the the seventh state signing the IBR after Sarawak, Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis and Perak.- BERNAMA

THE Tan Sri detained after the sultan of Johor spilled the beans on him had charged business tycoons up to RM5 million for a “Tan Sri” title.

The New Straits Times has learnt that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators are fast uncovering how the well-connected suspect managed to convince rich individuals desperate for honorific titles to part with large sums of their money just to get the title.

While most would recoil in shock over the amount demanded, it is learnt that several tycoons had paid the amount to secure the titles.

The NST had on Monday reported that MACC investigators were zooming in on several people who had been conferred titles with the help of the 54-year-old man, who acted as an agent of sorts and received commission from those he helped get titles.

It has now emerged that he not only acted as a go-between to secure the Tan Sri titles for RM5 million, but also touted the “Datuk Seri” title for RM2 million and the “Datuk” title for RM1 million.

“We believe he has been involved in brokering this kind of deals for some time. His strong connections in several states had enabled him to broker the deals easily,” a source told the NST.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki, when asked to comment on this yesterday, declined to elaborate on the ongoing probe involving the suspect as it would jeopardise the graft busters’ investigations.

He said MACC would probe the case from “every possible angle”.

It was reported that the suspect was forced to surrender himself last Friday after he was issued an ultimatum to either give himself up or have his identity made public.

This happened after Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar revealed last month that an agent had offered him RM2 million to propose names to the chief secretary to the government for the “Tan Sri” title bestowed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

In an exclusive interview with the Media Prima Bhd group, Sultan Ibrahim said the individual claimed that the ruler had a quota of Tan Sri titles to give out and that he might as well make a profit from it.

Sultan Ibrahim later revealed the name of the agent to MACC.

Azam had on Monday told the NST the commission was in the midst of locating witnesses to assist in MACC probe.

Meanwhile, the MACC yesterday obtained a three-day extension on the remand order against the suspect.

The remand extension, which takes effect today, was issued by Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman yesterday. It expires on April 7.

The man, accompanied by three MACC officers, arrived at the Putrajaya magistrate’s court at 9.30am, covering his face with an orange T-shirt to avoid photographers taking pictures of him.

He was also accompanied by his lawyers, Datuk K. Kumaraendran and Datuk Joshua Kevin. – NST