The MACC raided Isa’s Negri Sembilan house yesterday, where RM100,000 was reportedly seized, and his SPAD office this morning.
Ten officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) were seen entering the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) headquarters at KL Sentral at about 11am today.
“I was told that this morning, we made an inspection at SPAD’s office.
“This is a normal process, when we arrest someone we will conduct checks at the person’s home, office, that is routine,” MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad told reporters.
Asked if Isa was being investigated over Felda Investment Corporation (FIC) or Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV) Bhd, Dzulkifli said he was arrested in relation to FIC issues.
He was also asked to comment on allegations by the Opposition that the arrest was merely play-acting on the commission’s part to divert public anger.
“They can say what they want, it’s not easy to act, the rakyat are watching,” Dzulkifli responded.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said today that an interim chairman for SPAD will be appointed within the board members.
“It is unfair to speculate as he was just detained, however, the management will continue to proceed as usual.
“We cannot be sure how long the interim chairman will hold the position as the case has just begun,” Nancy said.
Isa was appointed as acting chairman of SPAD by the prime minister just two months ago after he resigned as chairman of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd.
Yesterday, the MACC raided Isa’s home in Negri Sembilan, a day after a similar operation on his Selangor home.
According to Malaysiakini, the MACC reportedly seized about RM100,000 from Isa’s Negri house. The news portal said Utusan Malaysia, citing a source, reported that the cash was found in a safe.
In responding to whether the MACC intends to freeze Isa’s assets or investigate other members of his family, Dzulkifli said that the investigations were still ongoing.
“If there is a need for us to take other actions, we will do so,” the MACC chief said.
Yesterday, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said that they have recorded more than 40 statements and are in the process of calling a few more individuals before taking further action.
Meanwhile, locals in Port Dickson have been speculating on whether a bungalow situated at Jalan Razak in Kampung Baru Sirusa near the Sirusa military camp belongs to Isa.
The New Straits Times reported that checks showed the house is currently unoccupied and seems abandoned.
It was said that Isa’s late first wife, Hazizah Tumin, used to live in the bungalow and a Hari Raya open house was held there two years ago.
According to a neighbour, the house has been abandoned since then. Another neighbour, however, claimed that the house used to belong to Isa’s father-in-law.
Isa’s many homes are now the focus of attention following raids on his homes Selangor and Negri Sembilan
It is still not known how many houses he has, but it is believed that besides a house in Selangor and three in Negri Sembilan – Nilai Springs Heights gated community, Lavender Heights in Senawang, and Linggi – he also has a house Kuala Pilah.
Isa was arrested at 4.24pm on Tuesday and was brought to court for remand on Wednesday, with the court granting the MACC five days to have him in custody.
According to The Star, the MACC decided to remand him as they found him to be “uncooperative” during interrogation on Tuesday. He reportedly answered “I can’t remember” to most questions posed to him.
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