More mystery to Rumie’s case

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Apr 2005

KUCHING: The fact that someone had used a credit card belonging to enforcement officer Rumie Azan Mahlie 20 days after his death has added another mystery to the case. 

His widow, Suraida Abdul Lazid, said the loss of the credit card was realised when the bank that issued it made a call to confirm whether Rumie had made any payment with the card. 

She said her late husband, 31, had four credit cards, but three had been nullified soon after his death on Sept 17.  

Rumie, a Department of Environment (DOE) investigation officer, was found dead at the car park of Wisma STA here after falling from his office on the ninth floor of the building at 11am on Sept 17. 

Rumie:Fell to his death from his office on the ninth floor.

His family alleged there was foul play in his death.  

In an interview yesterday, Suraida told The Star she had sent the police a photocopy of a notebook found in Rumie’s car. 

Among the contents in the notebook was “disposal of toxic waste in Johor” dated June 9, she added. 

Suraida said that about three weeks after her husband’s death, a bank officer had called to inform that someone had used Rumie’s credit card. 

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Talib Jamal said former state DOE director Dr Abd Rahman Awang, who now heads the Johor DOE, would be one of the witnesses whose statements would be recorded. 

Talib said police would propose that an inquest be held to determine the cause of Rumie’s death and whether it had any criminal element. 

Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Fauzi Saari had on March 22 directed that the investigation papers on Rumie’s death be reopened following doubts over the death report. 

Rumie had said he received a death threat from certain parties a few weeks before his death. 

In Putrajaya, LEONG SHEN LI reports Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Adenan Satem as saying that DOE would co-operate with any authority that investigates it for any wrongdoing. 

Adenan, who was approached by reporters after leaving the DOE headquarters here, was responding to media reports that the Anti-Corruption Agency was investigating several DOE officers. 

According to the report, the investigations were over the manner in which the officers carried out enforcement work as well as in connection with cases of toxic waste being smuggled into the country. 

The report also said investigations would provide answers to questions surrounding Rumie’s death. 

Also being investigated was the Perak case where a seized heavy vehicle was “ordered” to be returned to its owner.  

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