The Johor real estate scandal gets more messy!

4 December 2017

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‘Baseless, slander and untrue’ – Johor MB denies corruption allegations

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JOHOR DUN | Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin has denied the corruption allegations against him with regard to housing development projects in the state.

“I strongly deny the baseless allegations. It is slander. It is untrue and has nothing to do with me.

“My administration does not accept bribes, will never accept bribes and will oppose any forms of bribery towards myself and my administration,” he said.

Khaled mentioned this in his winding-up speech for Budget 2018 at the legislative assembly this morning.

Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/404251#q4H18lHY0dDioivB.99

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Johor MB denies bribe claim in leaked MACC document

JOHOR BAHRU: Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin today denied receiving millions of ringgit in bribes as alleged in a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation document that was leaked by a website recently.

“My administration did not receive any bribe, will not take any bribe and will reject any attempt at bribery in whatever form,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama in his winding-up speech at the Johor state assembly.

Khaled said the accusation was malicious and aimed to tarnish him personally and that of the state government leadership.

MACC has lodged a police report calling for an investigation of the website which uploaded the full contents of the document of over 100 pages related to the graft investigation of former Johor executive councillor for housing and local government Abdul Latif Bandi.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/12/04/johor-mb-denies-bribe-claim-in-leaked-macc-document/#sthash.yU9lGTLd.uxfs

1 December 2017

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Why hasn’t MACC picked up Johor menteri besar, asks Pua


Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is sitting on proof that Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin received kickbacks from property developers, said Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.

The graft-busters have had knowledge of it for seven months, since allegations first surfaced in the statement of a witness in an MACC case against Johor exco Abdul Latif Bandi, said Pua.

“In fact, all the companies which have paid the alleged bribes must be investigated, and if guilty, charged and punished as well,” said Pua.

“After all, the MACC has often opined that the giver of bribes is as guilty as those who receive.

“The question is, is the Johor MB immune to investigation and prosecution just like Prime Minister Najib Razak in the case of the multi-billion ringgit 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) scandal?”
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“The biggest shocker is found in the witness statement, where Amir admitted to delivering nearly RM12 million in cash to the menteri besar in return for the MB’s help in the necessary land changes,” Pua said in a statement.

Pua claimed that according to the documents, Amir had admitted to paying Khaled a total of RM9.7 million in cash in 10 transactions between 16 April 2014 and 4 May 2016.

The MACC has verified the authenticity of the witness statement, Pua said.

On November 28, MACC deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki said the statement was handed over to the defendant’s lawyer for the purpose of defence.

MACC has lodged a police report on the leaked documents that have been posted online.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/25459/

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Bukit Aman takes over probe into leaked MACC documents

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Bukit Aman police headquarters has taken over investigations into the leaked MACC witness statements after multiple reports were lodged against it in Johor recently.

The witness statements, which are classified documents, are related to a graft trial involving former Johor executive councillor (exco) Abdul Latif Bandi.

Announced by Johor state police chief Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd, he also confirmed that police have received three reports on the matter as of Nov 29.

“Whereby two reports were made at the Seri Alam district police headquarters and one report made at the Johor Bahru Selatan district police headquarters.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/404002#gyEd42pP5sphMCiD.99

Document leak: Property consultant wants MACC investigated

December 1, 2017

Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub also wants former Johor exco Abd Latif Bandi and his lawyers investigated over the leak.

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PETALING JAYA: A property consultant wants an investigation launched into how a document on a property scandal in the state, was leaked.

The consultant Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, said the investigation should include the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), former Johor exco Abd Latif Bandi and his lawyers.

Amir’s lawyer, Azrul Zulkifli Stork, said the witness statement in question was not the document that had been given to Latif’s counsel.

In a statement, he said there were discrepancies between the two documents, and that many pages had been left out. The alleged statement also included documents which neither Amir nor his counsel were aware of, he added.

“At no time did our client say that the statement that went viral was made by him.

“Our client is of the opinion that an investigation must be carried out, not involving just him and us (his lawyers), but also the MACC, Latif’s lawyers and Latif himself,” Azrul said.

He added that Amir reserved the right to take legal action against those trying to prejudice the case, those who attempted to tarnish Amir’s reputation, and those who tried to intimidate Amir and his family.

The 140-page statement, which was uploaded to a blog on Tuesday, contained answers given by Latif to the MACC following his arrest earlier this year.

The leaked document was said to have come from the MACC’s interview with Amir, who was charged with Latif in April.

Latif, 51, had claimed trial to 33 corruption charges involving over RM30 million.

He was accused of conspiring with a real estate agent to accept bribes to obtain approval for the release of Bumiputera-reserved housing lots to the public, and for a discount in the contribution amount to the Johor state housing fund for the Eco Botanic Project in Pulai.

On Wednesday, Amir lodged a police report over the leak of the document at the central police station in Johor Bahru.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/12/01/document-leak-property-consultant-wants-macc-investigated/

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MACC slammed for not probing Johor MB after leak

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An opposition MP has asked why the MACC has not investigated the Johor menteri besar over the state’s land scandal.

This, said Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, is after a witness statement to the commission leaked this week showed Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin had purportedly been implicated.

“As shocking as the initial news of their investigation was, the biggest shocker is found in the witness statement,” said Pua in a statement today.

“MACC has effectively confirmed the authenticity of these documents when its deputy commissioner Azam Baki said yesterday that the documents were sent to the lawyers of one of the defendants in the case.

“Now that the MACC has acknowledged the documents, they will have to explain their failure to investigate the MB, who is similarly implicated according to the witness statement,” said Pua.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/403977#LQ8oBcQJhB1ss5vB.99

30 November 2017

Johor MB to reply to corruption allegation on Monday

November 30, 2017

Mohamed Khaled Nordin says he is prepared to answer all accusations at the state assembly’s winding-up session.
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ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin says he will address on Monday an allegation linking him to corruption.

Speaking to reporters after the state assembly sitting here today, he said he was aware of the matter and was prepared to answer all allegations at the winding-up of the debate on Budget 2018.

“It is actually a court matter (the trial is ongoing), so I am not going to talk about it outside (the assembly), wait for Monday. I am not going to run, I am here,” he said.

At the assembly on Monday, Senai state assemblywoman Wong Shu Qi had asked about the allegation that Khaled had accepted a sum of money from developers to convert the status of housing lots from Bumiputera to non-Bumiputera.

This followed the posting of several documents on a blog which allegedly included the statement of a witness in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission probe into a property scandal involving former state housing and local government committee exco Abd Latif Bandi.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/11/30/johor-mb-to-reply-to-corruption-allegation-on-monday/

DAP rep faces sanction over graft query on Johor MB

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JOHOR DUN | DAP’s Senai assemblyperson Wong Shu Qi was referred to the Johor state assembly’s rights and privileges committee.

The House voted in favour of the move after Wong questioned whether Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin received payment from developers over the change of real estate lots from bumiputera to non-Bumiputera status, according to TheSun Daily.

When debating the state’s Budget 2018, Wong in her speech asked if claims that Khaled (photo) had received RM12 million in cash and kind from developers for this purpose.

“All this was based on a witness statement in the MACC’s investigation.

“The witness was the middle person in all the transactions. I was alerted to the statement after certain parties uploaded them on a website,” she said.

In March, Johor exco Abdul Latif Bandi was arrested and charged a month later over the alleged land graft.

Wong claimed the amount allegedly received by Khaled and Latif add up to a similar amount the developers were meant to contribute to the Johor Housing Fund, which was RM40 million.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/403513#hHVY6D30fgEG5wet.99

20 April 2017

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Abdul Latif resigns from Johor exco

Abdul Latif Bandi has resigned from the Johor exco, after pleading not guilty to corruption charges yesterday.

In a statement issued through his lawyers, Abdul Latif also thanked Johor’s Sultan, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin for having had entrusted him to be part of the administration.

His lawyers said Abdul Latif has also managed to post bail today, with help from family and supporters. He was released about 3.30pm.

He could not raise the RM2 million bail set yesterday, because his bank accounts have been frozen as part of the investigation.

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Apr 18

Johor State Executive Councillor Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi Charged with 33 counts of graft

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Apr 18

Abdul Latif Bandi charged for 33 counts of graft involving RM30m

 

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11 March 2017

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MACC probe will not affect BN’s image in Johor, says Shahrir

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JOHOR BARU: The massive housing and land scandal in the state will not affect Barisan Nasional’s image in Johor, said Tan Sri Shahrir Samad.

The Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman said this was because the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations only involved an individual and not the political party he represented.

“The Opposition parties will definitely point fingers at Umno and BN for committing bribery but it is not true as the investigations by MACC only involve an individual from our party,” he said.

Shahrir was speaking to reporters after attending an event at SMK Sri Tebrau here on Saturday.

State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi was arrested on Thursday over the housing and land scandal in the state.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/11/shahrir-macc-probe-wont-hurt-image-bn/#QWUxUv1qXXGY0p1i.99

10 March 2017

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Johor exco brought to magistrate’s court for remand

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8 March 2017

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Shouting match erupts in Johor state assembly over land scam
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ISKANDAR PUTERI: A shouting match erupted at the state assembly sitting here between Barisan Nasional (BN) and Opposition lawmakers after Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz rejected a motion to set up a committee to monitor ongoing investigations into the massive land corruption scandal that has rocked Johor.

Mohamad said the motion was rejected on the basis that the case was still under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the state government did not want to interfere with it.

“We have received a motion to form a select committee to monitor the investigation.

“However, in view of the fact that the MACC is still investigating, we cannot approve it, as it would be tantamount to interfering with the process,” he said during the sitting here Thursday.

Yeo Tung Siong (DAP-Pekan Nanas) immediately interrupted, saying that his motion had the minimum support of at least 10 lawmakers for the House to accept the motion and debate on the matter.

Barisan lawmakers including Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (BN-Pasir Raja), Ayub Jamil (BN-Rengit), Datuk Maulizan Bujang (BN-Tiram) and Datuk Samsol Bari Jamali (BN-Semarang) however argued that the Speaker had done the right thing.

The commotion lasted for about 15 to 20 minutes, with both sides exchanging words, and with the Speaker reiterating that his stance was in line with the Standing Rules and Orders.

“The state assembly is not a kedai kopi (coffeeshop); listen to me, even in other states or countries, the House cannot discuss cases that are under investigation,” he said before ordering Yeo to leave the sitting.

About 10 minutes later, Tan Hong Ping (Mengkibol-DAP) stood up and interrupted the sitting again, asking for Yeo’s motion to be accepted, citing public interest.

Mohamad again explained his decision and continued with the sitting.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/09/shouting-match-erupts-johor-assembly/#RPG0HC4qddzqb2kC.99

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MACC nab Johor govt official linked to property scandal

Senior exco member Abdul Latif Bandi, whose son and special officer were arrested last month, is detained by MACC after coming in for questioning.

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today arrested the Johor exco member who had recently taken leave from the state government over a housing and land scandal, The Star reported.

The senior exco member, Abdul Latif Bandi, was arrested at about 11am at the MACC office in Johor Baru, after he had been called in for questioning on the investigation pertaining to the arrest of his son and special officer on Feb 24.

According to the daily, the arrest was confirmed by MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad.

Latif, who is the Johor housing and local government committee chairman, decided to go on leave pending the investigation into the case involving the reduction of premium for land approved for housing and industrial projects as well as conversion of the status of various premises in Johor.

Earlier today, Bernama reported that four men, including Latif’s son and the special officer, were released on bail by MACC. The two other men arrested over the scandal are a lawyer and member of the public.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/09/macc-nab-johor-govt-official-linked-to-property-scandal/

Umno Youth member, female colleague, remanded for RMMJ scam
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JOHOR BARU: An Umno Youth division chief and a female colleague have been remanded for three days until March 10 to help with the investigation of fraudulent offering of homes under Rumah Mampu Milik Johor (RMMJ) or the Johor affordable housing programme.

The remand order for the two suspects, aged 43 and 41, respectively, were issued by Magistrate Mohd Azlan Shah Mohd Alias at the Johor Baru Magistrate Court yesterday.

The suspects were arrested at the Iskandar Puteri police headquarters at 5 pm on Tuesday after they were summoned to give their statements.

It is understood that four police reports have been lodged over the scam, where the suspects’ modus operandi were to ask for upfront payments from the victims to enable them to secure a house under the RMMJ programme.

It is believed that victims of the scam have lost about RM120,000 in total.

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/03/218817/umno-youth-member-female-colleague-remanded-rmmj-scam

3 March 2017

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Amanah wants Johor MB, exco to declare assets amid graft probe

Parti Amanah Negera deputy president Salahuddin Ayub has urged Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin and state exco Abd Latif Bandi to declare their assets.
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“I challenge Latif and Khaled to declare their assets immediately,” Salahuddin said in a statement yesterday.

Salahuddin pointed out that the illegal conversions came at the expense of revenue for the state government.

“The corruption scandal with regard to the conversion of bumiputera lands shows Umno and BN has failed to defend the rights of bumiputera in Johor.

“Imagine how much money has been lost that could have benefited the people of Johor through various projects and aid,” he said.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/374337?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

1 March 2017

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Johor exco man quizzed over bumi land scandal, sultan steps in

A Johor executive councilor was questioned for four hours in the ongoing graft investigations involving conversion of bumiputera status of properties for kickbacks, The Star reported.

State monarch Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, who is “furious” over the matter, also granted the executive councilor an audience on Tuesday, sources told The New Straits Times.

His son and special officer was on Friday arrested for allegedly receiving payment to convert bumiputera housing lots to non-bumiputera lots, which can be sold for a higher price.

“The executive council member linked to the people arrested was granted an audience with the ruler this morning

“He (Sultan Ibrahim) is furious but I think the menteri besar (Khaled Nordin) is even more angry about it,” NST quoted an unnamed source as saying.

Opposition leaders have urged Khaled to explain the spate of arrests, but Khaled said he will not comment until the investigations are completed.

MACC quizzed the executive councilor a day after it arrested and remanded a developer over the case.

A total of seven suspects, including a lawyer and two other developers, have been arrested and 45 bank accounts containing RM15 million have been frozen in the case.

Last Friday, MACC also seized 21 luxury cars and five high-powered motorcycles in raids related to the case.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/374127?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

27 Feb 2017

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26 Feb 2017

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SO FAR SO BAD…
Six people were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on 25 Feb, involving the seizure of 21 luxury cars, RM500,000 in cash and froze 45 bank accounts.

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Amanah: Johor MB must explain spate of graft arrests
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Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin must come clean on the state of his administration follow the string of arrests for graft involving various state government agencies, said Johor Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

“As the chief executive, Khaled must be responsible for this issue because involved the son of one of his cabinet members, the land and mines office and the housing portfolio which is helmed by the menteri besar.

“The menteri besar must explain how leakages, swindling and abuse of power involving these agencies are happening of late,” said Johor Amanah deputy head Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Dzulkefly was referring to the arrest of six individuals by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday, involving the seizure of 21 luxury cars, RM500,000 in cash and froze 45 bank accounts.
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Dzulkefly also pointed to a news report last month on a couple who lodged a police report against a Gelang Patah Umno division figure for corruption under the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme.

He said that combined, these incidents had cast doubt on the integrity of Khaled’s administration.

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Khaled: MACC had reason to nab state official’s son, special officer

Johor menteri besar says state will follow up with own investigation after MACC reveals outcome of probe into six men arrested for corruption.
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JOHOR BAHRU: Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin believes that the detention of six men for alleged corruption by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) two days ago was based on information and reports received by the agency.

“MACC does not detain people for no reason,” he said when met by reporters after launching the School Bus Fare Subsidy programme at Dewan Taman Cendana, Pasir Gudang, here today.

Six men, including the son and a special officer to a state government official, were detained on Feb 24 for the alleged involvement in a corruption scandal involving real estate in Johor.

The others detained are a lawyer, a civilian and two developers.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/02/26/khaled-macc-had-reason-to-nab-state-officials-son-special-officer/

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