14 August 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The 17 security officers arrested for allegedly taking RM3.5 million cash from the Prime Minister’s Department, had already spent RM2 million of their ill-gotten gains before they were busted.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the money, which were funds meant for the 14th general election, had already been spent on buying cars, motorcycles, jewellery, electronic items as well as household goods, including furniture.
He said that to date, MACC has only managed to recover RM1.47 million from the total.
“Based on our latest investigation, the security officers had spent more than RM2 million from the RM3.5 million taken.
“The cash was used to buy a variety of items such as furniture and cars, all of which have already been seized by MACC,” he said.
13 August 2018
KUALA LUMPUR – Cash seized by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) following the recent arrests of 17 security personnel from the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) over misappropriation of funds has reached RM1.47 million.
The tally is now RM280,000 higher than the RM1.19 million announced by the MACC on Friday.
Its deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed this when contacted by NSTP today.
In total, the MACC has seized RM1.47 million in cash, seven vehicles, 12 motorcycles, five rings, a bracelet, four necklaces, 11 mobile phones and electrical appliances.
The seven vehicles are three Hondas, a Volkswagen Golf GTI, a Subaru Impreza, a Toyota Vios and a Perodua Alza; while the 12 motorcycles are made up of five Yahamas and seven Hondas.
It is learnt that all the seized items are in the process of being price evaluated.
10 August 2018
So, why the heck was former Malaysian premier Najib Razak’s office – Prime Minister Office (PMO) – flushed with RM3.5 million cash? It was jaw-dropping news when 17 security personnel of the Prime Minister Department had helped themselves to the cash on the night of polling on May 9, after learning that the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition “was losing the election.”
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as the saying goes, fits perfectly on the world’s biggest crook Najib Razak and the thieves his previous regime had recruited to guard the PMO. Like Najib’s wife Rosmah, the 17 thieves couldn’t resist showing off when they used their ill-gotten fortune to buy five vehicles – a Volkswagen Golf GTI, three Honda and a Perodua Alza – and 11 motorcycles.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has so far seized RM978,800 in cash, five cars, 11 motorcycles, five rings, a bangle, four necklaces, 11 handphones, as well as electrical goods, suggesting the thieves had spent about RM2.5 million on their shopping spree. Interestingly, former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claimed he had no knowledge of millions in cash kept in PMO.
8 August 2018
| The security personnel at the Prime Minister’s Department remanded by the MACC today had allegedly stolen cash totalling RM3.5 million from the office of former premier Najib Abdul Razak on the night of the 14th general election.
Sources told Malaysiakini that the 17 security personnel had taken away the money – which the MACC said was part of Umno’s election war chest – upon learning that “BN was losing the election.”
“The security personnel were part of a team on duty that night to provide security at the department.
“Those arrested were the ones who at that time were tasked to guard its main building where the Prime Minister’s Office is.
“It is believed that when they learned that BN was going to lose the election, they decided to take something for themselves and went into an office that belongs to former prime minister,” a source said.
The cash, added the source, was not kept in a safe.
Authorities suspect that the group had cleared up all the cash they could find in the office.
Another source said authorities began to become suspicious at the suspects’ involvement when they were seen flashing their sudden wealth, including with purchases of new motorcycles.
When contacted by Malaysiakini, MACC deputy chief commissioner of operations Azam Baki confirmed that the security personnel are being investigated, but declined to elaborate further.
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The MACC arrested 17 security personnel at the Prime Minister’s Department on suspicion of misusing RM3.5million in allocations meant for the 14th general election.
The arrests were made yesterday and all 17 were remanded this morning for five days under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009, which concerns the use of office or position for gratification.
The 17, comprising, a senior security officer with the rank of grade 52 and 16 security guards, were suspected of using the funds for personal purposes.
A source said the individuals, aged between 31 to 51 years old, were arrested separately between 2.45pm to 3.15pm at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday.
MACC deputy commissioner (operations) Azam Baki confirmed the arrests.
The commission also seized RM840,7000 in cash and nine motorcycles worth around RM90,000 owned by the suspects.
The five-day remand was issued by magistrate Siti Nabilah Abd Rashid at the Putrajaya magistrate’s court this morning.