14 December 2018
Zahid 46 charges versus Najib 39 charges…
14 December 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 ― Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been slapped with an additional criminal breach of trust (CBT) charge over the alleged misappropriation of funds from charity foundation Yayasan Akalbudi, bringing the total charges against the former Deputy Prime Minister to 46.
The Bagan Datuk MP was accused of committing the offence during his capacity as a trustee of the foundation and of giving a loan to Armada Holdings Sdn. Bhd. through a sum of RM10 million entrusted to the foundation, punishable under Section 409 of the Penal Code.
The offence under Section 409 of the Penal Code is punishable with a prison sentence of between two and 20 years, a fine, and caning upon conviction.
He was alleged to have committed the offence at Affin Bank Berhad, Jalan Bunus, Off Jalan Masjid India on December 8, 2015.
Ahmad Zahid pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read in front of Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob.
Ahmad Zahid, who is currently Barisan Nasional chairman, also claimed trial to 10 amended charges from the previous 45 charges he was facing.
Today’s CBT charge is the 19th of eight corruption charges involving bribes received during his time as Home Minister and 10 CBT charges involving over RM20.8 million of funds belonging to Ahmad Zahid’s family-owned charity foundation.
24 October 2018
UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will kick off a national tour on Friday to address concerns of grassroots supporters and to maintain his innocence in the barrage of corruption charges with which he has been accused.
The 65-year-old former deputy prime minister will begin his tour in Kuala Terengganu on October 26, followed by Kedah and Perlis on November 3, according to a copy of his travel schedule sighted by The Malaysian Insight.
20 October 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will investigate all the companies involved in the case of Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who was charged with abuse of power and corruption yesterday.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki said any company and person involved in corrupt activities will not escape investigation.
“We investigate whoever is involved in corruption. So far, one company has said it was not involved … it is up to them to say.
“The clarification will come from MACC.
“If our investigation shows that the company is not involved in any corruption, they are not guilty,” he told reporters after the corruption-free pledge (IBR) oath-taking ceremony of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) at the Malaysian Badminton Academy here today.
Yesterday, MyEG Services Bhd and its board of directors announced that MACC was not investigating the company nor was it involved in the investigations leading to the charge against the former deputy prime minister.
19 October 2018
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 19): Bursa Malaysia has suspended the proprietary day trading (PDT) and intraday short selling (IDSS) for Datasonic Group Bhd and My EG Services Bhd (MyEG).
In a filing today, Bursa said the suspension came after the last done price of these stocks dropped more than 15 sen or 15% from the reference price.
Hence, the stock exchange said PDT and IDSS activities for these counters will only be enabled next Monday (Oct 22).
At market break, MyEG fell 37 sen or 24.67% to RM1.13, giving it a market capitalisation of RM5.22 billion. It was the most actively traded counter, with 97.77 million shares done.
The counter reached its 30% limit down of RM1.05 earlier today, before paring losses.
Datasonic, on the other hand, was the third most actively traded counter, with 41.45 million shares traded.
The group’s share price fell 25.5 sen or 36.69% to 44 sen, giving it a market capitalisation of RM938.25 million.
The counter also touched its limit-down level of 39.5 sen earlier today, before regaining lost ground.
Earlier today, it was reported that both companies have been implicated in the charges against former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Amid the whopping 45 corruption, money laundering and criminal charges against Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today, eight stand out for having happened while he was in government and in charge of the Home Ministry.
The former deputy prime minister from July 2015 to May 2018 was charged with receiving a total of RM21.25 million in bribes in return for projects given out to private companies while he was home minister.
The projects range from My EG Services Berhad projects, Malaysian passports and services for migrant workers seeking to enter Malaysia — which are either linked to the Home Ministry or falls under its purview.
Zahid was home minister from May 2013 to May 2018, with his ministry also overseeing the Immigration Department.
The first three of the eight corruption charges are over Zahid’s alleged receipt as then home minister of RM13.25 million in bribes from the company Mastoro Kenny IT Consultant & Services via 24 cheques.
The bribes were allegedly in return for Zahid helping the company to obtain MyEG projects that were being handled by the Home Ministry.
The third and fourth charges are over Zahid allegedly receiving as home minister a total of RM6 million in bribes from Data Sonic Group Berhad’s director Chew Ben Ben via two cheques.
The bribes allegedly resulted in the appointment of Data Sonic Technologies Sdn Bhd to implement the Immigration Department’s purchase of an additional 12.5 million chips for Malaysia’s passports.
The project to supply the chips for the biodata page of Malaysia’s polycarbonate passports was obtained through direct negotiations between the Home Ministry and Data Sonic Technologies, the charges allege.
Migrant worker services
As for the remaining three of the eight corruption charges, Zahid was accused of receiving — again as home minister — a total of RM2 million in bribes from Syarikat Profound Radiance Sdn Bhd’s director Azlan Shah Jaffril.
The charges alleged that the bribes resulted in Zahid appointing the company as the operator of a One Stop Centre (OSC) in Pakistan and Nepal.
The eight corruption charges are on top of 10 criminal breach of trust charges involving over RM20.8 million of funds said to belong to Zahid’s family-owned charity foundation Yayasan Akalbudi, and an additional 27 charges of money-laundering RM72 million.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived at the Jalan Duta Courts Complex at 9.20am Friday (Oct 19) in a white Toyota Velfire to give his support to Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Dr Ahmad Zahid had earlier arrived at the Courts Complex to answer multiple charges, including corruption and money laundering.
Najib, clad in purple batik shirt, walked into the court room just in time before the charges were read out.
The former premier took a seat in the front row.
Dr Ahmad Zahid is expected to face multiple charges at the Sessions Court under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.
A slew of Umno members are present in court to show support for the Umno president who arrived at the courthouse at about 8.15am.
Bera MP Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan sat amongst family members.
Dr Ahmad Zahid’s wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis, daughter Datuk Nurul Hidayah and son were also present.
Family members and friends of the former deputy prime minister kept turning up in the court room one by one that the police had to increase the number of seats to accommodate them.
On Thursday, investigators arrested the 65-year-old former deputy president at 3.15pm.
12 October 2018
3 July 2018
Highlight: Officer ‘mistakenly’ used foundation funds to settle credit card debts, says Zahid
PUTRAJAYA (July 3): Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has blamed an officer’s mistake for the use of his family-run welfare foundation’s funds to pay his and his wife’s credit card bills.
Speaking to the press after seven hours of questioning at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here today, Zahid said he had reimbursed the amount using his own money in 2016.
According to news reports, RM800,000 had been misappropriated from the foundation to settle the credit card bills.
Zanid, however, claimed that he had asked his officer to pay the credit card bills using his personal cheque, but the officer “mistakenly” used funds from Yayasan Akal Budi to settle the debt.
“There was no intention to misappropriate the funds, but it was a mistake carried out by the officer. Because of that, I have used my own money to repay the amount,” he said.
“There was no misappropriation. I have been transparent, and I have given my full cooperation. The MACC took my statement professionally,” he said.
1 July 2018
Report: Zahid to face MACC over Arab donor, foundation funds
Newly elected Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be formally questioned by MACC tomorrow over allegations that a foundation he chaired had misused funds, according to The Star Online.
Citing sources, the report said the commission will also quiz Zahid over his purported meeting with the Saudi royal family regarding donations to former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.
According to the report, it is alleged that the foundation’s funds were abused to pay credit card debts amounting to RM800,000.
“Investigators will also be asking about a statement which he made about him meeting a Saudi prince.
“We would like to find out more about this person whom he is said to have met and what transpired during the meeting,” said the source.
In 2015, Zahid claimed that he had met the chief investment officer and wealth trustee of the Arab family said to be behind the alleged RM2.6 billion donation transferred into Najib’s personal accounts.
The former deputy prime minister has since been repeatedly urged by opponents to shed details on this meeting, but none were forthcoming.
A number of press reports also state that the MACC is on the hunt for a former minister over allegations that RM800,000 was misappropriated from an unspecified foundation.
MACC DROPS BOMBSHELL ON UMNO POLLS – ‘TOP UMNO LEADER CONTESTING FOR KEY POST USED RM800K FROM FOUNDATION TO PAY CREDIT CARD BILLS FOR HIMSELF & WIFE’: IS THIS WHY THEY DEFENDED NAJIB AS IF THEIR LIVES DEPENDED ON HIM
An ex-Umno minister will be summoned to the Malaysian Anti-Commission (MACC) for questioning over allegations of misappropriation of funds from a foundation, said MACC investigation director Simi Ghani.
The individual was a senior minister of Najib Razak’s administration and one of Umno’s top leaders, reported Sinar Harian today.
“An Umno leader is being probed,” he was quoted as saying by the Malay daily.
He, however declined to reveal the identity of the leader or divulge any details about the said foundation.
Highly placed sources told the daily that the leader being probed is among the contenders for one of the top posts at today’s Umno elections.
Sinar reported the sources as saying MACC had initiated the probe early this year, after receiving information the leader allegedly misappropriate funds of a foundation where he was the president.
He had allegedly used over RM800,000 from the foundation to foot credit card bills of his wife and himself. The alleged misappropriation had started since 2014.
The leader was was reported to have misappropriate approximately RM800,000, and his wife about RM55,000.
MACC was said to have traced several documents related to the alleged transactions.
According to the sources, MACC is also probing misappropriation of funds and abuse of power involving several other leaders, including several former ministers and a division chief.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly abusing funds of a foundation he chairs.
The new Umno president is believed to have abused some RM900,000 of the foundation’s funds to settle his and his wife’s credit card bills between 2014 and 2015.
He is expected to be quizzed by the commission on Monday.
The New Sunday Times was made to understand that investigations into the alleged misappropriation were initiated earlier this year.
MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani said the commission would likely issue a statement on the matter on Monday.
“For now, we cannot reveal anything because investigations into the case are ongoing. MACC may issue a statement as early as Monday on the matter.”
The foundation, which was registered on March 3, 1997, is active. It is registered as a private company whose activities include “receiving and administering funds for the eradication of poverty”.