Felda Critic Mazlan Aliman Released

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Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) supreme council member and Felda activist Mazlan Aliman was released this morning, two days earlier than expected, following a five-day remand that the police had obtained on Thursday.

It was reported that the leader of Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda (Anak) was released at the Jinjang police station at 11am.

Police arrested the 52-year-old on Thursday morning following a police report filed by a lawyer representing the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.

She had accused him of spreading malicious slander after he alleged Rosmah was involved in a failed multi-million ringgit fish farming project which has been the subject of a corruption probe.

Mazlan was investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 for improper use of network facilities or network service, and Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation.

In a YouTube video, Mazlan said millions of ringgit went to waste on setting up facilities for the project which never took off.

He cited the Auditor-General’s Report in 2015, which stated that Felda had yet to reap 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.

Mazlan claimed he was approached by one of the Felda officers arrested by MACC, who revealed to him about Felda’s transformation project which was presented to the agency’s board of directors.

He also alleged that he was informed 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.

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