Former Felda chairman Isa Abdul Samad remanded five days in corruption probe

Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad was brought to the Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to secure an order to remand him over its investigation into several cases.
Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad was brought to the Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to secure an order to remand him over its investigation into several cases. PHOTO: FOTOBERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad  has been remanded for five days in a graft probe into the purchase of a hotel in London by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).

Registrar Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin on Wednesday (Aug 16) granted the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) application for the former Felda chairman to be held until Aug 20. He is being investigated under section 16 of the MACC Act.

Mr Isa, 68,  who was in MACC lockup attire and handcuffed, was accompanied by several MACC officers as he arrived at the court at 9.10am local time in an MACC vehicle. He was represented by six lawyers led by  Datuk K Kumaraendran.

He looked calm and smiled at members of his family, supporters and the reporters who had been waiting there from 8am.

Mr Isa's wife, Puan Sri Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid, who was also at the court compound, shed tears as he arrived at the court.

Mr Isa was arrested at about 4.30pm on Tuesday at the MACC headquarters after he gave a statement.

MACC confirmed that it conducted a search Mr Isa's house in Selangor on Tuesday night.

MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said the inspection was a normal process following an arrest of an individual for alleged corruption.

In July, MACC opened an investigation into the purchase of a hotel in Kensington, London, in 2014 by  Felda Investment Corporation (FIC), believed to have been paid for way higher than the market value resulting in the Felda subsidiary incurring losses of millions of ringgits.

Subsequently, MACC was also reported to have started its investigation on the purchase of a hotel in Kuching by FIC, also believed above the market price.

In another development, Mr Dzulkifli said MACC would file an appeal to the Appeals Court for a remand order  against Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

The remand order obtained by MACC against Mr Phee was revoked by the Penang High Court on Monday. The Attorney-General's Chambers have agreed to file an appeal on behalf of the prosecution on Wednesday, he added.