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State rep, friend held over kickback

KUALA LUMPUR (NST): A Barisan Nasional assemblyman was arrested for alleged graft while having breakfast at a hotel in Terengganu yesterday.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission nabbed the 42-year-old assemblyman and his 45-year-old friend at the hotel in Kijal at 9.20am.

It was alleged they had asked a company executive to meet them at the hotel to discuss a monthly kickback amounting to 13 per cent of the contract given to the company for 24 months.

Some RM30,000 is believed to have changed hands so far.

Both had been remanded to assist in the MACC’s investigation. Attempts to contact theassemblyman were futile.
When the New Straits Times called his home in Kemasik, his sister said that he had returned home at noon but left later.

She said she had not heard from him since.

However, MACC sources said the assemblyman and the other man were taken to its headquarters in Putrajaya straight from the hotel.

He confirmed that they were arrested by MACC officers from its headquarters and not from the Terengganu branch.

The source said the MACC could detain the assemblyman for 48 hours, after which it would have to apply for a remand order for further detention of a maximum of 14 days.

Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the state government would not interfere in the investigation.

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Terengganu state Umno chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (right) at the press conference after chairing his  first meeting of the state Umno liaison committee yesterday. With him is  Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Sa
Terengganu state Umno chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (right) at the press conference after chairing his first meeting of the state Umno liaison committee yesterday. With him is Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Sa

KUALA TERENGGANU: The change in the top three positions of the state Umno liaison committee yesterday has nothing to do with the on-going investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) of two of its executives.

The MACC is investigating politicians believed to be involved in graft in the construction of the Middle Ring Road Two in Kuala Lumpur.

State Umno chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein named state assembly speaker Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang, Kemaman Umno deputy division chief Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek (who is also youth and sports minister) and Kuala Nerus deputy division chief Datuk Abdul Rahin Mohd Said (who is also state Youth and Sports Committee chairman) as the liaison secretary, information chief and treasurer respectively.

They replaced former Dungun member of parliament and division chief Datuk Rosli Mat Hassan, who was the secretary, Datuk Zuber Embong (information chief) and Datuk Ruslan Awang Chik (treasurer).

Hishammuddin, who chaired his first meeting since being appointed to the post in April, stressed that the selection was made because they were able to help the party with their capabilities.
“Some people are suited for other things. One can see a new line-up in the cabinet, component parties and in other states,” he said, adding it was time for the party to move forward. Also present was Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said, who is the state Umno deputy liaison chief.

Hishammuddin said he had the full backing of the state Umno, adding that he had met with the assemblymen and division chiefs.

He also said that the state Umno meeting also focused on strengthening the party’s ties as there were cracks which could not be seen if one was “blind and deaf”.

“There is always an urgency to mend the cracks which also depends on the timing. For Terengganu, the time is now.”

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