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FGV: Isa Samad unsure if he’s committed any wrongdoing

 | June 21, 2017

Former FGV chairman says he has explained everything he knows to the anti-graft agency and will now leave it to them to investigate the case.

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PUTRAJAYA: Former Felda Global Ventures (FGV) chairman Isa Samad says he does not know if he has committed any wrongdoing in the case of Felda Global Ventures (FGV) as investigations by the anti-graft agency are still underway.

Speaking to reporters after a four-hour meeting with officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at their headquarters in Putrajaya today, he said, “I am not certain if I am guilty or not as the investigation is still underway.

“I have explained everything that I know to the MACC and I will let them investigate,” he said of his statement which also touched on the delayed payment by Dubai-based Afghan company, Safitex, to an FGV subsidiary.

Isa however was tight-lipped as to why MACC had also called his wife Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid for questioning, except to say it was probably normal procedure.

“If someone (an accuser) gave her name, she would eventually be called,” he said.

Isa, who was former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar, was also asked if he felt the “worst was over” for him in FGV since he was now acting chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

“I am going to SPAD because the Prime Minister (Najib Razak) asked me to,” he replied.

He spoke to the media for about five minutes before taking his leave, saying he was rushing off to another appointment.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency confirmed it had taken Isa’s statement and that of his wife. However, it did not go into any specifics.

“MACC is focusing our investigations into corruption and abuse power,” it said in a short statement issued later that day.

It said it would complete its investigations soon and hand the investigation papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action.

Isa quit his role as FGV chairman on Monday after a meeting with the prime minister. It was later announced that he had been appointed as acting chairman of SPAD.

FGV came under investigation following allegations of misconduct and abuse of power. The allegations were made by its president and chief executive officer Zakaria Arshad on June 6.

Zakaria also urged MACC to probe deals made by the company, especially those involving FGV’s procurement department.

Following a meeting he had with MACC on June 7, the agency raided the FGV office in Menara Felda in Kuala Lumpur, carting away files of documents to facilitate its investigations.


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