Cops to call up Malay chamber leaders over ‘missing’ RM5 million

Malay Chamber of Commerce president Rizal Faris Mohideen Abdul Kadir is accused of misappropriating millions in funds for the business body. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The top office bearers of the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM) are expected to be called by the police in their investigations into the alleged misappropriation of funds totalling RM5 million.

In a letter sighted by FMT, the Commercial Crime Investigation Department in Putrajaya summoned the office bearers and three other members to have their statements recorded this week.

The police said they are seeking to record their statements as witnesses under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

It is understood that a police report was filed against the five in October last year, urging the authorities to investigate the alleged criminal breach of trust offence.

Infighting within the chamber’s top leadership entered the limelight last year when its deputy president, Syed Hussein Alhabshee, and 17 members sued the president, Rizal Faris Mohideen Abdul Kadir, and secretary-general Don Nazwin Don Najib over the RM5 million supposed to be allocated by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to the group before the last general election.

The 18 claimed the money was not deposited into DPMM’s account but instead channelled into Yayasan DPMM Pulau Pinang Bhd’s account without the approval of the chamber’s executive council.

They also claimed RM1 million was credited to DPMM from a company known as “Redberry”, and that Rizal had decided to use the money for an election campaign, also without the approval of the executive council.

Syed Hussein and the 17 members had in November last year called for an extraordinary general meeting to remove Rizal as the president.

However, hours later, an annual general meeting (AGM) called by Rizal decided to “sack” the 18 instead.

Rizal labelled the proposal to remove him from the chamber as the work of “rogue members”.

Syed Hussein and the 17 others filed an injunction to stop Rizal and Don Nazwin from carrying out the AGM resolution.

The injunction will be heard at the High Court here on April 5.