Daugh­ters of Shafie’s brother say their fam­ily strug­gles like oth­ers

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

KOTA KINABALU: The daugh­ters of Hamid Ap­dal, who was de­tained by Malaysian Anti Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC), have de­nied their fa­ther is wealthy, say­ing it is far from the truth.

Hamid’s el­dest daugh­ter Nu­rul Azi­rah, 26, told a press con­fer­ence at the Parti Warisan Sabah premises here that her fa­ther was is­sued with a bank­ruptcy no­tice in 2014 and their first house had to be auc­tioned off seven years ago.

“Like other fam­i­lies, we have our strug­gles,” she said, adding that there are three fam­i­lies com­pris­ing 15 mem­bers liv­ing in their ter­race house in Pe­ta­gas.

Nu­rul Azureen said they have been liv­ing in that house since 2007, which had to be ren­o­vated to in­crease the num­ber of bed­rooms from three to six.

She said though she and her sis­ter Nu­rul Amizah were mar­ried with their own fam­i­lies, they con­tin­ued to live with their par­ents.

Nu­rul Azureen said their fa­ther was work­ing as a car sales­man even be­fore they were born and had ad­di­tional in­come from Felda which was us­ing fam­ily land to cul­ti­vate oil palm in the east coast Sem­porna district.

She said they last saw their fa­ther when he was brought by MACC of­fi­cials to their house on Oct 10.

Hamid, the younger brother of Warisan pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal, was ar­rested on Oct 10 by the MACC in its probe into the al­leged si­phon­ing of up to RM1.5 bil­lionin ru­ral devel­op­ment funds for Sabah.

He is among seven de­tained and re­manded in con­nec­tion with the MACC probe.

From left: Amizah, Nu­rul Azi­rah, Azureen and Amisah dur­ing the press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

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