Letter to CIA ‘unforgivable’, says Umno leader

KUALA LUMPUR: The letter written by former intelligence chief Hasanah Ab Hamid to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seeking support for the Barisan Nasional government is unforgivable, an Umno Supreme Council member said today.

Lokman Noor Adam said it was an offence that could not be forgiven.

“If she had done so, action must be taken. I have also received information from her office that someone in her office played her out by exposing the letter, so they could replace her.

“Authorities must investigate. We cannot tolerate acts of treason,” he said at the 1Malaysia Merdeka picnic organised by opposition supporters at the Perdana Botanical Gardens here today.

Hasanah, the former Malaysian External Investigation Organisation (MEIO) director-general, was arrested on Tuesday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the 14th general election.

Earlier, a deputy director-general with a “Datuk” title and six administrative and diplomatic officers at the Prime Minister’s Department were remanded for five days to assist in the investigation into the case.

Lokman said the writing of the letter was absolute nonsense and terrible, and should not have been done.

“We cannot get any assistance from any foreign countries or foreign bodies to assist us to overthrow a leader or keep them in power,” he said.