PETALING JAYA: Police arrested vocal Felda critic Mazlan Aliman last night, days after he was accused by the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, of slander.
In a Facebook post early this morning, the Amanah leader said he had been arrested at his home at about 1.35am and taken to the Kulai district police headquarters.
Mazlan, who heads Felda whistleblower group Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda (ANAK), was accused of lying and spreading malicious slander after he claimed Rosmah was involved in a failed multi-million ringgit fish farming project which has been the subject of a corruption probe.
On Monday, Rosmah lodged a police report on the matter, with her lawyer NoorHajran Mohd Noor saying Mazlan’s claim had destroyed her client’s reputation.
The Auditor-General’s report in 2015 stated that Felda had yet to get any benefit or returns from its sturgeon fish project, despite millions of ringgit invested to kickstart the sector.
The report also said the sturgeon fish could not be sent to Malaysia because the aquaculture farm had yet to be built.
Last January, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested five people suspected of corruption in the project.
In a YouTube video of him speaking at a ceramah, Mazlan said millions of ringgit was wasted on building facilities for the project which never took off.
He said he was later approached by one of the Felda officers arrested by MACC, who spoke to him at length about Felda’s transformation project which was presented to the agency’s board of directors.
Mazlan claimed he was informed that the project had received the blessing of Prime Minister Najib Razak, and that the Felda officer was in constant communication with Rosmah, who advised him on how to move with the project.