KUALA LUMPUR: Former Felda Chairman, Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad 69, pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and nine counts of receiving graft involving more than RM3mil for the purchase of a hotel in Kuching, Sarawak.
Mohd. Isa claimed trial after the charges were read to him before Judge Azura Alwi here Friday (Dec.14).
The former Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan and ex-Vice-President of UMNO was alleged with committing CBT by approving the purchase of Merdeka Palace & Suites Hotel at RM160 million without the approval of the Felda Board of Directors on April 29, 2014.
This was against the decision of the Felda Board of Directors Meeting on Jun 25 2013 that gave the mandate for a member of the FIC Board of Directors to invest only in a project worth RM100 million and below.
The offence was alleged being committed at Level 50, Menara Felda Platinum Park N0.11, Persiaran KLCC on April 29, 2014. The charge was made under Section 409 of the Penal Code that carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment, whip and a fine if found guilty.
For the second till the 10th charges, Mohd Isa was alleged with receiving a bribe in cash for himself worth RM3,090,000.00 (mil) from Ikhwan Zaidel a member of the board of director for Syarikat Gegasan Abadi Properties Sdn Bhd. via Muhammad Zahud Md. Arip as a gift to help approve the purchase of Merdeka Palace and Suites Hotel in Kuching, Sarawak by Syarikat Felda Investment Corporation Sdn. Bhd that worth RM160 million.
Mohd. Isa was charged committing the offence at Level 49 Menara Felda Platinum Park, NO.11, Persiaran KLCC between July 21, 2014 and Disember 11, 2015.
The charge was in accordance to Section 16(a)(A) Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and could be convicted under Section 24(1) of the same act that carries a maximum jail of 20 years and fine not more than five times the total of the bribe or RM10,000 whichever is higher if found guilty.
The Court then offered Mohd. Isa a bail of RM800, 000 with one surety and his passport handed to the court. The court then fixed the mention date on January 25, 2019. –Malaysia World News
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