Another of Shafie’s brothers arrested over graft probe

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KOTA KINABALU: Another sibling of Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal, has been arrested in connection with the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion in funds allocated for rural projects in Sabah.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Azam Baki confirmed the arrest of Lahad Datu Umno assemblyman Yusof Apdal, who is Shafie’s younger brother, the Star Online reported.

The report said Yusof was arrested about 8pm after he had gone to the MACC office at about 5pm to give a statement in connection with several projects under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry that was headed by Shafie between 2009 and 2015.

Another of Shafie’s younger brothers, Hamid, was arrested last week and remains in custody, along with his businessman son-in-law.

Some 350 projects under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry are reportedly being scrutinised by the MACC over allegations of embezzlement of RM1.5 billion in federal funds.

These projects were to be carried out between 2009 and 2015 in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan.

The RM1.5 billion was said to be part of RM7.5 billion allocated for water, electricity and road infrastructure development projects.

More than 45 people have been questioned since the probe began two weeks ago.

This latest arrest brings the total number of arrests to nine.