Najib, Several Other Former Top Leaders to be Charged

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A week that may see Najib and six others charged for corruption, while an arrest warrant has been issued for Shahidan over alleged molest of underage girl.

Expected to face charges:

  • Najib, former minister and aide, over solar panel project for schools in rural Sarawak
  • Another former minister, over sale of DBKL land
  • Former deputy minister, with misappropriation of RM25 million under Finas
  • An MP and former chairman of GLC, with receiving kickbacks from several government projects
  • Isa Samad, with alleged abuse of power while helming Felda
  • Warrant of arrest for Shahidan Kassim, over alleged molest of underage girl

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, two former ministers, a former deputy minister and two others are expected to face charges over various corruption offences, Berita Harian reported.

The Malay daily reported that the two others were an aide to Najib and a Member of Parliament.

The report said Najib, as well as his former aide and a former minister,  were involved in investigations over the controversial solar panel RM1.25 billion project for schools in rural Sarawak.

It was revealed in January last year that the project was awarded to a vehicle rental company in Bintulu.

Sarawak Report published several letters purportedly signed by Najib, which instructed the Education Ministry to award the project and make payments to the company directly despite the firm not fulfilling the contract terms and conditions.

It was previously reported that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had already questioned several individuals, including Najib’s former aide as well as former education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid on the solar panel project.

In October, Mahdzir was quizzed for five hours by the MACC.

Berita Harian added that another former minister who is expected to be charged next week was involved in the sale of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) land.

Earlier, it was revealed that a task force set up by the Federal Territories Ministry and MACC had investigated the case involving 97 dubious transactions in connection with the sale of 273.27 hectares of DBKL land worth RM5.63 billion.

Last month, former federal territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said he was summoned by MACC for more than 12 times to assist in the investigation into the DBKL case.

Bernama

Tengku Adnan previously said that he had nothing to do with the approval of land deals between DBKL and private developers as he had handed the land back to Putrajaya.

The case involving a former deputy minister is believed to be connected to the misappropriation of RM25 million under the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).

According to the report, the MP, who was former chairman of a government-linked agency, would be charged with receiving kickbacks from several government projects.

Among the projects were the construction of the 316km West Coast Expressway, the purchase of ambulances by the Health Ministry and road upgrades in the peninsula.

Meanwhile, the New Straits Times reported yesterday (Nov 10) that former Felda chairperson Mohd Isa Abdul Samad may also be charged soon for alleged abuse of power during his time helming the government-linked company.

Bernama

On Nov 9, the Kangar Sessions Court issued a warrant of arrest against former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim for failing to be present in court to face charges, believed related to the case where he allegedly molested an underage girl.

Shahidan is believed to be in Mecca performing the umrah (minor haj).