WHEN SHAHIDAN SAYS IT, YOU CAN BET IT’S A LIE: ISA’S ARREST IS FOR REAL – MINISTER DENIES ‘CHARADE’ CLAIM

PUTRAJAYA – A minister in the Prime Minister’s Department today denied that Isa Samad’s arrest was a charade planned by Barisan Nasional.

Shahidan Kassim also dismissed accusations that the government was behind the arrest of the former Felda chairman, calling these “unfair” and challenging those behind them to furnish evidence of their claims.

“Don’t tell me everything that happens is because of the government’s directive.

“We have no time to do such things. We have many other things to do to help the people,” he told reporters when met at a function here.

Isa, the former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar, was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with two hotels purchased by Felda subsidiary Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).

Earlier today, PKR vice-president Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin had urged for Isa to be brought to justice and warned Putrajaya against putting up a charade by arresting individuals without charging them as the people were fed up with such tactics.

Yesterday, an NGO which fights for the rights of Felda settlers also said it hoped Isa’s arrest was not a political charade ahead of the 14th general election.

 

Generasi Warisan Kebangsaan president Roslan Isa told FMT this was because each time an election approached, there would be a series of arrests which would be forgotten after the polls concluded.

However, Shahidan said it was the opposition that often used charades, DAP in particular.

“They have the most number of seats among the opposition parties and by right should lead the opposition coalition, yet they were not appointed. This is a charade.”

Shahidan was referring to Pakatan Harapan, which is led by PKR’s Anwar Ibrahim as its leader and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad of PPBM as its chairman.

– FMT

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