Isa to be charged over abuse of power dur­ing Felda ten­ure

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Isa Sa­mad is ex­pected to be charged with abuse of power in con­nec­tion with the pur­chase of a ho­tel in Sarawak at an in­flated price dur­ing his ten­ure as Felda chair­man.

Sources told The Straits Times that the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) would be rec­om­mend­ing charges to the At­tor­ney Gen­eral af­ter con­clud­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the 2014 pur­chase of the Merdeka Palace ho­tel in Kuch­ing.

“There was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence (to charge him) due to lim­ited ac­cess be­fore, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors picked up where they left off when new proof emerged.

“The MACC will be sub­mit­ting the com­pleted in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers and its rec­om­men­da­tions to the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Cham­bers next week. It will then wait for the AGC’s or­der for the next course of ac­tion,” the source said.

An­other source was also quoted in the news re­port as say­ing that the MACC is look­ing to charge Isa un­der Sec­tion 23 of the MACC Act for al­leged abuse of power.

“At­tor­ney Gen­eral Tommy Thomas was briefed on the case ... two days ago,” the source added.

Merdeka Palace Ho­tel and Suites, a five-star ho­tel, was pur­chased by Felda sub­sidiary Felda In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion for RM160mil when it was said to be worth only RM110mil.

Isa was Felda chair­man from 2011 to Jan­uary 2017.

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