MACC DE­TAINS ISA SA­MAD’S EX-AIDE

He and FIC’s for­mer CEO are re­manded to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions

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THE Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) has ob­tained a five-day re­mand or­der against Muham­mad Zahid Md Arip, for­mer spe­cial of­fi­cer to ex-Felda chair­man Tan Sri Isa Sa­mad.

He was re­manded to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Felda In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s (FIC) pur­chase of a lux­ury ho­tel in Kuching, Sarawak.

Mag­is­trate Nik Is­fa­hanie Wan Ab Rah­man is­sued the re­mand or­der against the 51-year-old, which will ex­pire on Satur­day.

The sus­pect, who ap­peared calm, ar­rived at the Putrajaya Mag­is­trate’s Court here at 2.20pm yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to his lawyer Muham­mad Rafique Rashid Ali, the sus­pect was picked up from his res­i­dence in Kuala Lumpur at 12.30am and ar­rested at the com­mis­sion’s head­quar­ters here at 4am yes­ter­day.

The sus­pect was the fourth in­di­vid­ual brought in to as­sist in the probe into the pur­chase of the lux­ury ho­tel.

His case is being in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009.

Last week, three in­di­vid­u­als were de­tained by the MACC to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Mean­while, MACC has ob­tained a four­day re­mand or­der start­ing to­day against Felda In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (FIC) for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Zaid Ab­dul Jalil.

He was re­manded to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the com­pany’s pur­chase of a high-end prop­erty in Lon­don.

The re­mand or­der against the 46-yearold was is­sued by mag­is­trate Nik Is­fa­hanie Wan Ab Rah­man and will ex­pire on Fri­day.

Hand­cuffed and clad in an or­ange lock-up at­tire, Zaid was brought in a wheel­chair to the mag­is­trate's court for his re­mand hear­ing at 9.20am.

His lawyer, Fahmi Ab­dul Moin, said Zaid was suf­fer­ing from slipped disc and mus­cle spasms and was un­der­go­ing treat­ment at Univer­sity Malaya Med­i­cal Cen­tre (UMMC).

Ac­cord­ing to an MACC of­fi­cer, Zaid is serv­ing as the CEO of a gov­ern­ment-linked com­pany based in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan.

He was de­tained by the com­mis­sion at 9.30pm last night after 12 hours of ques­tion­ing.

The ar­rest was to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into FIC’s pur­chase of a high-end prop­erty in Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don, be­tween 2013 and 2015, for a to­tal of £60 mil­lion (RM330 mil­lion). FIC is the in­vest­ment arm of Felda.

His case is being in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 16 of the MACC Act 2009.

Last month, MACC chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad di­rected his team to open in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers into the ho­tel deal in Lon­don to de­ter­mine if abuse of power or cor­rup­tion were in­volved in the trans­ac­tion.

Its chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad said FIC was be­lieved to have pur­chased the ho­tel at a price that was far higher than its original value, which caused FIC to lose mil­lions of ring­git.

Muham­mad Zahid Md Arip

Zaid Ab­dul Jalil

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