Ex-PAS rep remanded 2 days for alleged power abuse

SHAH ALAM: A former PAS assemblyman was remanded for two days by the Magistrate’s Court here today to facilitate investigations into alleged abuse of power.

Magistrate Raja Noor Adila Raja Mahyaldin granted the remand order sought by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for investigations under Section 23 of the MACC Act.

The former assemblyman was arrested yesterday evening when she went to the MACC state headquarters to have her statement recorded.

She was alleged to have appointed her son’s company as a supplier for a state assembly constituency service centre community programme.

She had held a Selangor state seat in 2013 but failed to retain it in the May 9 general election, losing to an Amanah candidate.

Lawyer Amzar Ahmad Azlan.

Lawyer Ahmad Amzar Ahmad Azlan, who represented her in the remand hearing, questioned the timing of her arrest and remand.

“Coincidently, today is the early voting day for the by-elections,” he said, referring to the Seri Setia and Balakong by-elections, where PAS is contesting the former.

“It seems that her arrest was to influence the voting process.”

He added that MACC had sought a seven-day remand but the court only allowed two days.

He maintained that his client was innocent and that the alleged awarding of the contract to her son did not take place.

“We gave our full cooperation to MACC and we have nothing to hide,” he added.