KUALA LUMPUR: A Pakatan Harapan (PH) backbencher today called on the attorney-general to reopen investigations into an alleged graft case involving a former high-ranking official in Melaka.
Khoo Poay Tiong (PH-Kota Melaka) made this call after revealing that the official concerned, who was once a senior aide to the Melaka mayor, had been given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by former AG Mohamed Apandi Ali, after the previous state government approved Apandi’s application for 36.5ha of land.
“Aside from investigations into the 1MDB scandal, I hope the authorities will also look into this high-profile corruption case in Melaka,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat when debating the Budget 2019.
Apandi, in an immediate response, said the MP’s claims were “a pack of lies”.
“Please ask the said MP to repeat what he said in the Dewan Rakyat outside Parliament. What was said by the MP in the Dewan Rakyat are a pack of lies,” he told FMT.
Khoo told the Dewan Rakyat on May 9 last year, several charges were brought against Mohd Yusof Abu Hassan, also known as Yusof Soros, in Melaka.
Khoo said two weeks before the 14th general election, when Yusof was the right-hand man of former Melaka chief minister Idris Haron, Apandi applied for 36.5ha of land from the Melaka state government, which was subsequently approved.
“After that, Yusof was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA). I ask that the AG reopen this case because we can see the chronology of events.
“Yusof was charged in May last year, then the former AG applied for the 36.5ha. After that, Yusof got a DNAA.
“Even though the land has not been given to Apandi, on technical grounds, I hope the new AG can reopen the case, in the interest of battling corruption,” he said.
Khoo said investigations against the former senior aide saw RM150 million in properties seized and about RM12 million in his bank accounts frozen.
“With his position, how did he amass so much wealth? I hope the AG takes action,” he added.
Yusof was charged in May last year, with 11 counts of money laundering and four counts of criminal breach of trust involving about RM19.3 million.
The 11 money-laundering charges were made under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, while the other four charges were made under Section 409 of the Penal Code.