The case where MACC did a thoroughly investigation on former Political Secretary to former Minister of Women Affairs and Family Development Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil already got nationwide attention. Many is in anxiety when will Dato’ Suhaimi Ibrahim and two others implicated in the investigation, be charged in a criminal court.
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Mounting speculation over delay in charging ex-Umno political aide with corruption
BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
FEBRUARY 03, 2014
There is mounting speculation of political intervention or selective prosecution in the delay in charging a former Umno political secretary arrested last Monday for misappropriating RM1.1 million from three foundations.
Sources say the former political aide and a director of one of the foundations were linked to investigations that money from the foundations was diverted for political purposes instead of being used to help the poor.
“This is an explosive investigation and just the tip of the iceberg. Some Umno people don’t want to see this case go to court,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.
He was referring to a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) statement last week, saying it had arrested two men, including a former political secretary with a datuk title, and were expected to charge them on Tuesday.
But hours later, the MACC said there had been a mistake and the men would be charged at an undetermined date. Both were released on RM50,000 bail.
“The power of prosecution lies with the Attorney General’s Chambers and any MACC statement is only issued after they agree,” another source said.
“MACC is ready but no one knows why there is a delay. It might happen this week but who knows,” he added.
According to the MACC statement issued by Investigations Director Commissioner Datuk Mustafar Ali, the two men in their 30s and 50s were to be charged in the Sessions Court last Tuesday with criminal breach of trust amounting to some RM1.1 million and cheating involving RM1 million.
The ex-political secretary and director were arrested on January 27 morning and evening and released on bail ahead of their charges.
The three foundations involved in the case were set up in the 1980s and three years but were registered as limited companies and not as welfare bodies, it added.
The two were the directors and trustees of the foundations and MACC said the money was taken out against the foundations’ objectives.
The statement said another director with a datuk title was also held for offences under the Companies Act in an investigation related to the foundation.
Several Putrajaya insiders say the Attorney General’s Chambers must act quickly to dispel the impression of selective prosecution in high-profile cases, noting that former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik had brought up that complaint last month.
“People are watching the government. They must be fair and charge all, not just those outside Umno,” said one insider.
It is understood that the case is related to the detention of Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim, the former political secretary to former women, family and community development minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (pic), who confirmed last September that he was detained for investigations by MACC.
Suhaimi had said that he was investigated for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for the poor under the 1Azam programme, adding that at least seven other ministry officials were called in.
“I have nothing to hide. Yes, I was arrested but the information which was published in blogs and online portals was not entirely true,” he had said.
Reports stated that MACC seized 10 luxury vehicles from Suhaimi, but he denied that they belonged to him.
“Those vehicles are not mine,” said the 54-year-old businessman.
“If there are questions about my wealth, my house, as mentioned in a blog, it was all through my hard work. I have been a businessman since 1995 and that was where the money came from,” said Suhaimi, who was the former Benta state assemblyman in Pahang.
The 1Azam programme is a government initiative under the jurisdiction of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
It was introduced in January 2010 to provide employment opportunities to the hardcore poor in the business, services and agriculture sectors.
The Welfare Department has spent RM1.35 billion so far to provide aid to 473,928 recipients nationwide. – February 3, 2014.
Procrastinating this case would not add value on public perception, towards the Federal Government under Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Combatting corruption is one of the three thrust of reforms that Prime Minister Najib announced upon making the acceptance speech as the Seventh UMNO President on 28 March 2009 in Dewan Merdeka, PWTC in front of more than 2,700 UMNO delegates and carried live on national tv.
Prime Minister Najib still retain Shahrizat, seen by many as a very tainted UMNO politician (in her drama during and after the National Feedlot Corporation, where her husband Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohd. Salleh Ismail and son are being charged and the trial is on going), as ‘Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Women Affairs’.
In politics, perception is almost everything. It is even more powerful that proof since the first impression imprint the process of perception and decision making with regards to the said personality.
Exactly a week ago, MACC announced that by Wednesday 29 January 2014, three persons including a former Political Secretary to then a Cabinet Minister were to be charged.
The Star story:
Published: Monday January 27, 2014 MYT 6:21:00 PM
Updated: Monday January 27, 2014 MYT 6:24:34 PM
Ex-political secretary to be charged with RM1.1mil CBT
The man, who is a Datuk, was arrested on Monday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) along with another individual, who is the director of one of the foundations headed by the suspect.The MACC said in a statement that both individuals, in their 30’s and 50’s, will be charged on Wednesday for criminal breach of trust under the Penal Code.MACC investigations director Datuk Mustafar Ali said both men have been released on a RM50,000 bail.He said the three foundations, established between 1980 and 2011, were not registered as charitable organisations but were operating as companies with limited liability.It is learnt that the funds utilised by the organisations were in conflict with the objectives of a foundation.Both suspects held the positions of director and trustee of the organisations.The MACC added that another director of one of the foundations, who is also a Datuk, was arrested for an offence under the Companies Act.*****************
All the materials presented in media and announcements made previously pertaining to the misappropriation of RM1.1million from the 1AZAM program funds and all the so called abuses reported, already casted a very negative perception towards personalities like Dato’ Suhaimi Ibrahim. If the investigations is completed as per announced by MACC, then the next process should come seamlessly.
Delaying the process of seeking justice is denying justice for Suhaimi, whose reputation has already been affected and the rakyat, represented by MACC who have been entrusted to deal with errant persons with power and either abuse, practice graft or corruption for personal gains.
The longer the delay, the perception that Prime Minister Najib is condoning if not harbouring corrupt lieutenants to other corrupt lieutenants, in the complex power-base pyramid of scheme.
If it is completely without any doubt that MACC has completed their investigations, then Prime Minister Najib must insist the Attorney General Chambers act with speed to do the necessary writ and let the process of justice to take its place.
Chairman of MACC consultation and corruption prevention advisory panel Dato’ Johan Jaafar issued a strong statement for the glitch or delay in the charge of the two men who have been investigated for the RM1.1 million CBT case.
MACC wants answers
Posted on 3 February 2014 – 03:49pm
Last updated on 3 February 2014 – 10:32pm
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 3, 2014): The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is at odds with the Attorney-General’s Chambers over the latter’s failure to bring two former officers of a cabinet minister to court as had been announced last week.
MACC consultation and corruption prevention advisory panel chairman Datuk Johan Jaaffar said this could invite speculation of outside interference.
“As an independent panel, we’re concerned with this development as it could lead to public speculation or perception of outside interference,” he said in a statement today.
He said the panel strongly felt that in the interest of transparency, the AG’s Chambers owed the public an explanation.
The panel said it would seek an explanation from the AG’s Chambers as to why the duo were not charged as the MACC had announced in a press statement last Monday.
It was saddened by mounting speculation of “political intervention” or “selective prosecution” in the delay, but believed such a thing was far from the truth.
The 11-member panel said it strongly opposed any interference, political or otherwise, to MACC’s efforts to fight corruption as this could erode public confidence in the MACC or the AG’s Chambers, as well as the government itself.
The MACC, in its statement earlier, had said that the ex-political secretary with the title of Datuk, and a director of one of the foundations headed by the Datuk, would be charged in the Kuala Lumpur sessions court under the Penal Code with alleged criminal breach of trust involving more the RM1.1 million and another charge of alleged cheating worth RM1 million.
The duo were arrested by MACC and were released on RM50,000 bail each.