Authorities conduct a series of raids

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday raided three properties linked to Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abd Rahim.

The series of raids were conducted at his homes in Subang Jaya and Baling, Kedah, as well as his office in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.

Abdul Azeez, who is the Baling BN (Barisan Nasional) MP, is also Lembaga Tabung Haji’s chairman.

In a Bernama report, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Mohd Azam Baki confirmed the seizure and stated that the investigation was being conducted under Section 16 of the MACC Act for receipt of gratification.

He said a total of RM500,000 in cash was seized from the three locations.

MACC also seized more than 20 wrist watches, and over various denominations from 20 different foreign currencies including taka (Bangladesh), rufiya (Maldives), riyal (Arab Saudi) and pounds with a compounded amount of some RM1.2 million.

Perlis MACC director Mohd Shukor Mahmud confirmed that a search was conducted at Abdul Azeez’s house in Taman Bemban, Kupang, Kedah, and the MP community service centre at Batu 42, Pulai, also in Kedah, last night.

However, he said more details would have to be obtained from the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya which handles the case, and that the Perlis MACC was asked to assist.

Abdul Azeez confirmed the same report that MACC officers had “visited” his houses and office yesterday and that part of the RM500,000 they took was to finance a mission to Gaza, Palestine, that he had planned.

Another portion of the money taken by MACC officers, who had come to his houses in Baling, Kedah, and Subang, Selangor, and his office in Jalan Tun Razak, was meant for the Baling Umno division to be given to the constituents for Ramadhan and Aidilfitri, he said.

Abdul Azeez said in the report that the mission to Gaza was planned for after the general election on May 9, he said when contacted by Bernama.

The raids and seizure at Abdul Azeez’s properties followed an earlier series of raids conducted by the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) of the Royal Malaysia Police force at several premises in relation to state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) scandal.

Last week, the Bukit Aman CCID seized valuables at former Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak’s residence in Kuala Lumpur and premises linked to him at other locations.

At one of the locations, the Pavillion Residence in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, saw the search team hauling 284 boxes of handbags, 72 bags filled with cash in various currencies and denomination, along with other valuables like watches, jewellery and gold bars.

The raid was supervised by CCID director commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh.

PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had earlier said he expects charges to be filed against Najib following the investigations against the former PM over the “misappropriation” of billions of ringgit from 1MDB.

Najib was also summoned to give his statement to MACC regarding 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Najib — who was grilled for over five hours on Tuesday at the MACC headquarters — said he will be present at the agency office again today to finalise his statement.

Meanwhile, MACC chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said that the authority has at most two witnesses to be questioned before finalising the investigation paper.