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by farik zolkepli
Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim
PETALING JAYA: The former minister’s political secretary being investigated for alleged misappropriation of funds from the 1Azam welfare programme has given his say over the controversy.
Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim clarified that he was being questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist in the investigations while the 10 cars seized the commission did not belong to him.
“The cars depicted in many newspapers and online portals do not belong to me. It painted a wrong picture, whereby I am living in such a lavish manner.
“I went to the MACC office (in Putrajaya) using a Toyota Alphard, which belonged to Yayasan Sayang Malaysia,” he said when interviewed yesterday.
The Yayasan Sayang Malaysia is a non-governmental organisation, which Suhaimi is the president.
It has been set up to assist the less fortunate.
Asked on the luxury vehicles seized, Suhaimi said it might have belonged to other witnesses being questioned by the MACC and he was perplexed how the 10 luxury cars seized were linked to him.
“I was not the only one being questioned (by the MACC).
“Other officers from the ministry were also called up as well,” he said.
Suhaimi said he would cooperate fully with the MACC over the investigation but called on the public not to jump to conclusion.
“I gave my statement to the MACC and was held at the headquarters until Tuesday.
“I was only merely assisting in the investigation,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Woman, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said every party should let the MACC investigate the case thoroughly.
“The MACC should be given room to investigate the matter and explore every angle.
“I hope the case will not hamper the 1Azam programme, which has been going on very well,” she said.
Sources said the 54-year-old Datuk was detained on Friday at about 5pm in Putrajaya, and taken to the MACC headquarters for questioning.
MACC director of investigations Datuk Mustafar Ali confirmed the arrest and investigations related to 1Azam case.
Mustafar declined to give details, saying his officers were still probing the case.
It is learnt that the MACC had seized 10 luxury vehicles, including a Toyota Vellfire, Toyota Camry and Golf GTI.
The 1Azam programme is a government initiative introduced in January 2010 to provide employment opportunities to the hardcore poor in the business, service and agriculture sectors.
Suhaimi was a one-term state rep
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