Hamid’s daugh­ters: Our dad is not a mil­lion­aire

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: The daugh­ters of Hamid Ap­dal, who has been re­manded as the Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) probes into a case in­volv­ing em­bez­zle­ment of funds in fed­eral projects in Sabah, have slammed news re­ports la­belling their fa­ther as a mil­lion­aire.

“I want to stand up for him be­cause some re­ports have been un­fair.

“My fa­ther is an or­di­nary man and he is not a mil­lion­aire.

“And what was said re­gard­ing a bun­ga­low that we are liv­ing in is ac­tu­ally a ren­o­vated ter­race house,” said Hamid’s old­est daugh­ter, Nu­rul Azi­rah Hamid, 26, at a press con­fer­ence with her sis­ters — Nu­rul Amizah Hamid, 25, Nu­rul Anisah Hamid, 23, and Nu­rul Az­zureen Hamid, 19.

Azi­rah said the house, which was ru­moured to be a lav­ish bun­ga­low, was a ter­race unit in a hous­ing area in Pe­ta­gas here, where three fam­i­lies were stay­ing, in­clud­ing two of her sis­ters, who are mar­ried, with their part­ners and chil­dren, as well as their two younger school-go­ing broth­ers aged 8 and 9.

Azi­rah said they were still pay­ing for the house.

“My mother is sad. So, we did not ask her to come.

“I don’t even want to watch tele­vi­sion any­more be­cause cer­tain me­dia por­trayed my dad as a mil­lion­aire.

“He is a Felda set­tler (with a plot of land in Sem­porna) for the past few years. Prior to that, he was a sales­man for a car deal­er­ship.

“He nearly went bank­rupt in the past and was served a bank­ruptcy no­tice in 2014 for be­ing un­able to pay for a house (which had been auc­tioned off in 2010),” added Azi­rah in tears as she was over­come with emo­tions.

She was baf­fled as to why her fa­ther, the younger brother of Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal, was dragged into the in­ves­ti­ga­tion as he had no links to Shafie’s past min­istry role.

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