LIKE HIS BOSS NAJIB, ISA SAMAD’S LOVE FOR CASH MAY BE HIS DOWNFALL: MACC SEIZES RM100K FROM EX-FELDA CHIEF’S HOUSE, RAIDS HIS SPAD OFFICE

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has reportedly seized about RM100,000 in cash after raiding former Felda boss Isa Abdul Samad’s home in Negeri Sembilan last night.

Citing a source, Utusan Malaysia reported that the cash was found in a safe.

The raid in Senawang was the second such operation carried out on property owned by Isa.

The MACC had earlier on Tuesday raided Isa’s home in Selangor, following his arrest that same day.

According to Berita Harian, MACC officers also raided Isa’s office at the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad), where he is the acting chairperson.

Ten graft-busters were seen entering the Spad headquarters in KL Sentral about 11am this morning.

MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad also confirmed the raid on Isa’s office at Spad today.

“I was made to understand that this morning we did an inspection at the Spad office.

“This is a normal process. When we arrest someone, we will do inspections at his house, his office,” he said during a press conference at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) today.

He was attending the signing of the anti-corruption pledge ceremony by IIUM.

When pressed further whether the MACC intends to freeze Isa’s assets or investigate other members of his family, Dzulkifli merely said that the investigations are still ongoing.

“If there is a need for us to take other actions, we will do so,” he said.


Isa is under remand to facilitate investigations into Felda Investment Corp’s allegedly overpriced purchases of two hotels, one in London and one in Kuching.

The FIC is a subsidiary of the Federal Land Authority (Felda), where Isa served as chairperson of the board from December 2010 to June this year.

According to The Star, Isa was “uncooperative” during MACC interrogation yesterday because he answered “I cannot remember” to most questions posed.

“But that is just one reason. As the probe is now at the tail end, investigators need his constant presence to identify and look at documents pertaining to the case,” said a source, according to the daily.

– M’kini

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