2 TOP FELDA OFFICERS CHARGED WITH CBT
Duo allegedly took contracts for RM47.6m without approval from Felda board of directors 3 years ago
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(from overseas) as the aquaculture farm here had yet to be built, since the Pahang Department of Environment had withdrawn its approval for the project site, citing adverse impact on the environment.
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.