Accumulating assets is not a crime. However, if it done during the period when one is serving in an agency which jurisdiction is to provide security and enforcing law, and the quantum and value of the assets are beyond reasonableness, then probably something is amiss.
In short, its not so much the matter of ‘who’, ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘how much’. It is just the matter of ‘how’.
Previously we talked about Bukit Aman Retired Director of Commercial Criminal Investigation Department Dato’ Ramli Yusuff having a list of high value assets, which are accumulated and aggregated when he was still in service. Now that the list is out the open, it is time to do a complete due diligence and forensic audit.
All of the pages in this list of 52 assets by Dato Ramli Yusuff has been ‘certified true copy’ ASP Abu Bakar Kamaruddin who was then the Staff Officer for Property, Secretariat for Discipline in Inspector General’s Office. It is dated 26 September 2007, 22 days after the last time Ramli declared his assets.
There are some interesting bits about this list of 52 assets.
There is a stream of luxurious properties in upmarket addresses such as the detached house in Damansara Indah, the link house in Bandar Utama, the condominium in Bukit Pantai, the condominium in Saujana and the condominium in Pavilion Residences. The Pavilion Residences unit was acquired seven months before Ramli made this declaration at the price of RM1.1 million.
That is on top of RM3.6 million in cash, fixed deposits and unit trust shares which are listed in the same declaration made 4 September 2007.
Isn’t it rather very odd if not baffling that someone who is a JUSA C grade officer of His Majesty’s Police Force with a combined income with his spouse that aggregated to RM18,000 a months could have amassed a very long list of assets?
What is more baffling, no action was taken against him.
Not even an investigation by Inland Revenue Board, for accumulating so much cash within the space of 10 years (From the appointment as Deputy Director of Bukit Aman CCID with the rank of SAC1 to the date of declaration of this list, as a Director of CCID with the rank of Commissioner of Police) and no declaration made. This would be the agency which would be interested to know ‘how much’, ‘how’ and ‘when’.
He was charged with wrongful use of Police asset by taking a Police Air Wing Cessna Caravan to observe a plantation where has interests near Lahad Datu on 15 Jun 2007 after prominent Sabah politician Dr Jeffrey Kitingan made a ruckus out Ramli’s land in Sabah. He was acquitted and the appeal against him failed.
Two courts uphold Ramli Yusof acquittals
Posted on 25 November 2011 – 06:34pm
Last updated on 26 November 2011 – 09:54am
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 25 2011) : The High Court here today upheld the acquittal of Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department former director Datuk Ramli Yusuff charged with the failure to declare ownership of company shares and interest in two properties.
Judge Datuk Ghazali Cha rejected the prosecution’s appeal against a Sessions Court decision to acquit Ramli without having to enter his defence, on March 12 2010.
In his judgment, Ghazali said the decision by Judge M.Gunalan was accurate and contained no errors.
Furthermore, he said the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against the respondent in the first three charges.
Ghazali said it was proven in the first count that Ramli did not have an interest in the two office buildings owned by Bonus Circle Sdn Bhd, a company in which his siblings were directors.
He added that Ramli was not a director of the company and did not hold any of its shares.
As for the second count of failing to declare 154,000 shares in Permaju Industries Berhad, the judge said it was clear that Ramli had no knowledge of the shares and its related documents.
In relation to the third count which involved Telekom shares, Ramli was not a shareholder at the time he was charged said Ghazali.
Ramli was charged with failing to declare his interest in the RM1.03 million office buildings and ownership of 154,000 and 20,000 shares in Permaju Industries and Telekom Malaysia Berhad respectively.
Ramli was represented by Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah while DPP Mohd Sophian Zakaria prosecuted.
In a separate High Court, Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah also upheld Ramli’s acquittal of a charge of holding a post in an agriculture company while still in public service, five years ago.
Mohamad Zabidin said Ramli did not commit any offence in the said case.
On Aug 20, Sessions Court Judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah had acquitted Ramli when the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him.
Ramli was charged with being a director in Kinsajaya Sdn Bhd while still holding the post of director in the Bukit Aman department, on May 2 2006. — Bernama
Ramli was never charged for wrongful amass of wealth, money laundering or corruption.
Probably it is time that a forensic audit done against Ramli, as part of the due diligence process which should have been done comprehensively back then. Especially it is very interesting to note that most of Ramli’s assets acquisition and fixed deposits only appear and exist after he was appointed as Deputy Director of CCID Bukit Aman on 8 April 1997.
A special committee should be formed, comprises of Bukit Aman Director of Management, MACC Director of Investigation, Royal Customs Director of Investigation, Inland Revenue Board Director of Investigation, Bank Negara Malaysia Director of Investigation, Bursa Malaysia Director of Internal Audit, Senior DPP from Attorney General’s Chambers and the last but not least a member of the Police Commission.
This is a test case for the integrity of the Royal Malaysian Police. After all, Former IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar gave Ramli a send off for the latter’s retirement after he was acquitted for the abuse of power charge and reinstated back to the Police Force, in his old job.
The pro-Opposition news portal Malaysiakini story, almost a year ago:
Ramli hits out at AG, Musa at his retirement ceremony
- Hafiz Yatim
- 5:34PM Nov 16, 2012
After being disgraced and facing five trumped-up charges of non-disclosure of his assets, from which he was later acquitted, former Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Ramli Yusuff was honoured with an official retirement ceremony by inspector-general of police (IGP) Ismail Omar in Bukit Aman today.
Ramli, in his farewell speech, lashed out at the present attorney-general (AG), Abdul Gani Patail, and former IGP Musa Hassan.
He said he never imagined the force would fall for the devious behaviour of the previous IGP and the current AG.
“It took over five years for my cases to be ruled upon by the justice system and my total innocence to be confirmed.
“Not only were the press and AG’s office ready to use any means necessary to try and get a guilty verdict against me, but also for the first time in history, a serving IGP testified against one of his own directors when he gave evidence contradicting several of his other officers including those of the rank of director. Ultimately, the judge rebuked that IGP for his incredulous witness testimony,” he said.
Ramli, who had been a career police officer for 38 years, was referring to what is now known as Copgate.
Not only was Ramli charged, his lawyer Rosli Dahlan and six junior officers investigating Copgate were also charged. Rosli and the six junior officers were also acquitted without their defence being called.
“Even when the six junior officer, my friend and I were all acquitted without our defence being called, that IGP (Musa) did not see fit to recognise my innocence in any manner nor provided any words of support for one of his own top officers after being totally deemed innocent by the justice system.
“The AG abused his dominant position to perpetuate our miseries and wasted additional taxpayers resources to appeal all of the innocent verdicts. These verdicts have all been upheld by the superior courts,” said Ramli.
Some of the former officers present in the event included former Selangor police chief Dell Akbar Khan, present Selangor police chief Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah, Johor police chief Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff, Bukit Aman deputy CID chief Hadi Ho Abdullah, Ramli’s wife Anita Haron, a Sessions Court judge, and former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission adviser Robert Phang.
Ismail bringing winds of change
Ramli further credited Ismail with bringing the winds of change when he agreed to maintain the six junior officers in their rightful place in the force.
Some of the officers had to drive taxis to make ends meet when they were suspended.
“Today we see the force closing ranks in esprit de corps, feeling togetherness, restoring the spirit of camaraderie and brotherhood within the force. This can only herald a better future for the force.
“That is how the force should function. In return, it is the incumbent duty of the leadership within the force to protect its officers. The previous leadership discarded that cardinal principle and almost destroyed the fabric that makes the force what it is. The previous leadership acted in his own interest,” he said.
Striking back at Musa, Ramli called on members of the force and retirees to rally behind Ismail.
“We must all support him (Ismail) while retirees must not undermine him like what is being done by the former IGP, casting doubt on police statistics on crime. That is dishonourable. Thus the force must be wary of the enemies from within,” he said, in obvious reference to Musa’s rebuke of Ismail.
Ramli also credited his wife with sticking by him through adversities when he was charged. He described the stress faced by Anita as unimaginable, seeing him being paraded before the court corridors for public scorn and ridicule.
“She was not supposed to be with an accused because she is a judge. As a result she faced her own challenges as she was transferred to Ipoh because she was beside me when I was charged,” he said.
Ramli also recognised that the world and Malaysia is rapidly changing and the police had to also change in tandem to remain relevant and this is probably something with which the force has yet to come to grips.
Saying he is willing to help the force adapt to the global challenges, the former top cop who has set up his own private practise in 2009 said now police would be required to interact more with society, and improve its training and enforcing of the law.
In the event, he vowed to use his RM753,000 gratuity from his retirement to build a mosque for his kampung in Kampung Bunut Susu in Pasir Mas, where a wakaf land has been identified.
Ramli was given the official retirement ceremony after he had been cleared of all the charges. He had first been charged in 2007, months before he was due to retire.
During the event, he and Anita were given a send-off by riding on a special vehicle, accompanied by the police bagpipes playing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as officers lined the road leading out of Bukit Aman, to salute him as he exited to his official retirement.
commitIsmail also handed Ramli his police retirement card and mementos during the event.
If Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is serious about combating corruption, commercial crime, graft and abuse of power and the same time, uphold the integrity of the Federal Government agencies for law enforcement such as the Police Force, Attorney General’s Chambers, MACC, then he should order the Special Committee be formed.
The outcome of the comprehensive audit and investigation of this Special Committee would determine the nest cause of action and if there is any charge, it would be under the several relevant laws being enforced by the corresponding custodian authorities.
Let this be a test case. If it is succesful, then it could be a precedence to other similar cases involving a senior personality in government, civil service or even members of the Judiciary or Armed Forces.
New SOP for civil servants could also be introduced from the lessons learned from this due diligence exercise.
The outcome of this investigation would only uplift the effectiveness and integrity of all agencies if not key crime busting personalities be improved. Inadvertently, that would improve the perception of doing business in the country and help to wane of the negative perception of the Malaysian system being corrupt.