Abdul Azeez and brother detained by MACC

by LYDIA NATHAN / pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

Former Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) chairperson Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (picture) was arrested by the Malaysian AntiCorruption Commission (MACC) yesterday morning.

The anti-corruption agency also detained Abdul Azeez’s brother, according to Bernama quoting MACC’s sources.

The Baling MP is expected to be produced in court today. The reasons for the arrest of both men remain sketchy. But they could be detained to assist investigators into corruption or money laundering cases.

News portal Malaysiakini reported that Abdul Azeez’s brother, the GM of a company, was detained in Sungai Buloh at 11.30am yesterday.

Abdul Azeez was detained at around 11am at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

It is not known whether Abdul Azeez and his brother’s arrests are related to the cash and jewellery seized from a few locations linked to the Umno Supreme Council member.

The MACC seized cash of more than RM500,000, as well as jewellery, in raids at Abdul Azeez’s residences

in Sunway and Baling at the end of May this year. The raids were reportedly linked to TH.

Abdul Azeez claimed the RM500,000 seized during the raids was meant to finance a mission to Gaza, Palestine, after the general election. The remaining amount was meant to be used for the Baling Umno division.

He also said the jewellery belonged to his wife, while the watches seized were imitations.

There were also foreign currencies found during the raid, including from the UK, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, India and others.

Abdul Azeez was made a director at TH in 2011 before he was appointed the chairperson of the pilgrimage fund in 2013. He resigned from TH on May 23, 2018, despite his contract which would have ended in the middle of next year.

An investigation into TH was one of the election promises made by the Pakatan Harapan coalition before the 14th General Election (GE14). Investigations on possible corrupt practices related to stateowned agencies intensified after Pakatan Harapan won GE14.