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Yusof Abdal arrested and remanded for four days in Sabah graft probe


The net of SPRM is tightening, will Shafie Abdal be next?



Yusof Abdal, brother of Parti Warisan President, Shafie Abdal has been arrested by SPRM and remanded for four days to facilitate investigation into the misappropriation of RM1.5 billion allocations from rural development projects in Sabah.


Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie issued the remand order today on an application by SPRM.


SPRM was represented by prosecutor Rozanna Abdul Hadi, Mohd Faliq Basiruddin, and Rustam Sanip, while Edward Paul and Peter are councils Lee representing Yusof.


Yusof who is also UMNO Lahad Datu Assemblyman was arrested at about 8 pm yesterday after he went to SPRM office to give a statement in connection with several projects under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) that was headed by his brother, Dato Seri Shafie Abdal between 2009 to 2015.


Another of Shafie's brother, Hamid, is still under remand along with his son-in-law who is a businessman.


Reportedly some 70 plus projects are currently being scrutinized by SPRM for suspected embezzlement.  These projects were to carry out between 2009 to 2015 in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beauford, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Semporna, and Sandakan.


The RM1.5 billion was said to be part of the RM7.5 billion allocation for water, electricity, and road infrastructures development project in Sabah.


More than 40 people have been questioned in Sabah and West Malaysia in the last two weeks.  Believe to be many more people will be questioned and arrested in connection to this corruption scandal.


This latest arrest of Yusof brings the total number of arrest to 9 in connection with this case.


Opposition leaders, particularly from Party Warisan are claiming the investigation is politically motivated and aim to smear the image of the opposition, especially on Party Warisan.  Meanwhile, the government has denied this and stress that SPRM operated independently. 





MACC chief to visit Semporna water plant in graft probe


KOTA KINABALU: MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad is to inspect a KKLW funded water plant tomorrow at Sungai Intan, Semporna, Sabah, in connection with the agency’s probe into alleged embezzlement of RM1.5 billion in rural development funds in the state.


The Water Treatment Plant is said to be ill-conceived and hastily implemented without due consideration on the crucial factor such as whether the supply of raw water from Sungai Intan can meet the capacity of the water treatment plant or not.


According to the MACC, Dzulkifli will meet with residents said to have been affected by the dysfunctioning water plant.


MACC investigators are said to be focusing on the Semporna water plant and Pulau Gaya underwater pipe project at present.


The team is inspecting such projects, executed under the rural and regional development ministry, to determine whether both were completed and are still in use.


The RM45 million water plant in Semporna was demolished and rebuilt but could not function as the river feeding it was said to be too shallow.


There are 350 projects under the ministry being scrutinised by the MACC over allegations of embezzlement of federal funds.


These projects were carried out between 2009 and 2015 in the Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan districts.


The RM1.5 billion allegedly misappropriated was out of RM7.5 billion allocated for projects in Sabah, involving water, electricity and road infrastructure development.


Some RM170 million in bank accounts and assets of companies involved in the projects were reported to have been frozen to facilitate investigations.



Seven people, including two top leaders of opposition party Parti Warisan Sabah, are under remand in the probe.