Aide in ‘trouble’ is NMY’s PolSec?

Recently, the mainstream media highlighted a Political Secretary of a ‘Senior Minister’ under a lot of Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) scrutiny for “Amassing assets irregularly”.

The Star has the story:

Thursday December 3, 2009

Pol-sec said to have amassed wealth under probe

By LOURDES CHARLES

KUALA LUMPUR: A political secretary to a senior minister who is said to have amassed millions of ringgit in properties over a short period of time is under investigation by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission.

It is learnt that investigators have obtained an order to seize and freeze several of the properties — including luxury cars and houses — besides freezing bank accounts to facilitate investigations under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Sources said the commission’s seizure list included at least four luxury cars and four houses which they believed belonged to the political secretary who is in his late 30s.

They said the commission was investigating the purchased properties — all in the Klang Valley — allegedly obtained from kickbacks received from the approval of several multi-million ringgit projects.

It is believed several of the properties seized were under the names of people believed to be proxies for the political secretary, and investigators would be calling on the people whose names were registered as owners.

Sources also said the investigators had identified several other people linked to the case and would also be calling them soon to assist in investigations.

Sources said a special team from the commission’s Putrajaya office started investigations about three weeks ago following information received that the political secretary was living well beyond his means.

It is learnt that investigation into the political secretary is among a few high profile cases the commission is investigating following reports and information provided by the public.

The commission’s officers declined to comment when contacted.

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It is strongly believed that the Political Secretary under investigation is Hasbie Satar. He is the PolSec to Minister in charge of Economic Planning Unit Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop.

Recently, we highlighted Nor Mohamed’s follies here in BigDogDotCom, which attracted a lot of attention within bloggosphere. There is also a previous PolSec who has been charged on ‘money politics’ and the trial is on going.

If these investigations about a Pol-Sec of a ‘Senior Minister’ is true and MACC has enough evidence to throw the book at him, it would be a boon for Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak’s adminsitration and effort to improve the integrity of the powers that be. In his innaugral address as the seventh UMNO President on 28 March 2009 after UMNO via the AGM delegates endorsed the ‘takeover’ from PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a fight against corruption is one of the three top most agenda.

The rakyat aspire for more corrupt leaders and their closest aides to be weeded out from the party and administration and this exercise must be done timely. The integrity of those who are given the mandate and trust to lead and administer is paramount. Even UMNO leaders are impatient for the party to be cleansed, especially when the next general elections is expected is within slightly over two years time.

The development of this case would be an item to be closely watched.

*Updated 300pm

Published in: on December 3, 2009 at 11:57  Comments (27)