2 TOP FELDA OF­FI­CERS CHARGED WITH CBT

Duo al­legedly took con­tracts for RM47.6m with­out ap­proval from Felda board of di­rec­tors 3 years ago

New Straits Times - - News - RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL KUALA LUMPUR rahmat@nst.com.my

TWO for­mer Fed­eral Land De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Felda) se­nior of­fi­cers, one of whom is a “Datuk”, claimed trial at the Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day to charges of com­mit­ting crim­i­nal breach of trust (CBT) in­volv­ing RM47.6 mil­lion from a fund for a fish breed­ing project three years ago.

For­mer deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral Muham­mad Sufi Mah­bub, 53, and for­mer di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Faizoull Ah­mad, 57, nod­ded to in­di­cate that they un­der­stood the charges read be­fore judge Al­laud­den Ismail.

Sufi, a fa­ther of three, was al­leged to have en­tered into two agree­ments — Trans­fer and Sup­ply Agree­ment and De­sign Build Con­tract Agree­ment — with 12C Hassed (M) Sdn Bhd, worth RM25,999,000 and RM21,625,500 re­spec­tively, with­out ap­proval from the Felda board of di­rec­tors.

Faizoull was charged with two counts of abet­ting Sufi to com­mit the of­fences.

The of­fences were al­legedly com­mit­ted at Ban­gu­nan Wisma Ke­ma­juan Tanah Perseku­tuan (Felda), Jalan Peruma­han Gur­ney, be­tween Jan­uary and July 2014.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Ah­mad Akram Gharib did not of­fer bail, say­ing the of­fences were non-bail­able.

How­ever, coun­sel Mohd Ir­wan Mohd Mubarak and Azam Bashir, who rep­re­sented the ac­cused, ap­plied for bail, stat­ing that the bail was only meant to guar­an­tee their clients’ at­ten­dance to court.

Al­laudeen set bail at RM1 mil­lion with one surety for the duo and or­dered the ac­cused to de­posit RM500,000 im­me­di­ately and the re­main­der on or be­fore March 22.

The court also ac­cepted a land grant to be used to post the re­main­ing bail, should the ac­cused not have suf­fi­cient cash.

Al­laudeen fixed April 27 for men­tion.

The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) had ini­ti­ated a spe­cial op­er­a­tion to curb graft sur­round­ing a stur­geon farm­ing project, worth RM146.25 mil­lion, dubbed Op Caviar.

The Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s Re­port Se­ries 2 in 2015 had re­vealed that Felda did not ob­tain re­turns, as­sets or tech­nol­ogy trans­fer from the project un­til June 30 last year.

The re­port said stur­geon fish could not be sent to Malaysia (from over­seas) as the aqua­cul­ture farm here had yet to be built, since the Pahang De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment had with­drawn its ap­proval for the project site, cit­ing ad­verse im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

PIC BY SAD­DAM YUSOFF

For­mer Felda deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral Muham­mad Sufi Mah­bub and for­mer Felda di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Faizoull Ah­mad (left) leav­ing the Ses­sions Court in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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