Isa Admitted to IJN Ahead of Looming Power Abuse Charges

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Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad has been admitted to the National Heart Institute (IJN) in Kuala Lumpur for a routine check-up.

His wife Puan Sri Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid said the 69-year-old, who has been hospitalised since Nov 12, was in fine health.

“Many people have been calling to ask me about his condition.

“He has been admitted for a routine check-up that he undergoes once every five years,” she said.

Prior to quitting Umno to contest as an Independent in the Port Dickson by-election, Isa had served as Negeri Sembilan menteri besar for 22 years.

He also previously served as the state assemblyperson for Linggi and Bagan Pinang in Negeri Sembilan, as well as Jempol MP.

On Saturday (Nov 10), The Straits TimesĀ reported that Isa may be charged with abuse of power in connection with the purchase of a hotel in Sarawak at an inflated price during his tenure as Felda chairman.

Quoting sources, it said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would be recommending charges to the Attorney General after concluding their investigation into the 2014 purchase of the Merdeka Palace hotel in Kuching.

Another source was also quoted in the news report as saying that the MACC is looking to charge Isa under Section 23 of the MACC Act for alleged abuse of power.

Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites, a five-star hotel, was purchased by Felda subsidiary Felda Investment Corporation for RM160 million when it was said to be worth only RM110 million.

Isa was Felda chairman from 2011 to January 2017.

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