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Shafie is arrested
Published on: Friday, October 20, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The guessing game is over – Parti Warisan Sabah President Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was detained by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officials over the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion of funds from rural development projects in Sabah at 9pm, Thursday.

MACC's Deputy Commissioner ( Operations) Azam Baki confirmed the arrest of the former Federal Rural and Regional Development Minister, who is the most high profile person to be detained so far.

Together with his wife Datin Seri Shuryani Shuaib, Shafie reached the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) at about 3.30pm.

He was immediately surrounded and hugged by party leaders and supporters while some 200 clapped their hands and chanted "Sabah Ubah".

Warisan Deputy President Darell Leiking, its vice-chief Datuk Peter Anthony, another vice-chief Junz Wong and others were also present.

Before leaving the airport at about 3.45pm, he waved to his supporters and showed a fist to reflect strength.

Subsequently, Shafie went to his house in Taman Golf View, Bundusan in Penampang, to pray before heading to the MACC Sabah headquarters office here to facilitate the probe at 5pm on Oct 19.

Speaking to reporters at his house, Shafie who is also the Semporna MP, said he flew from Kuala Lumpur to be here to fulfil the request of MACC for his presence at its office here.

"I have indicated that we are willing to facilitate…so, they called me and indicated that I have to be at MACC office at 5pm.

"It's a process of law which we need to give full cooperation. I give support to MACC and that is why I came to give what actually they want to investigate.

"What's important is that we are not obstructing any law and we are going to give full support as I know they (MACC) are just doing their job," he said.

He believed that a judgment has been made against him which is a sign that the 14th General Election (GE14) is nearing soon.

On the remand of his two younger brothers including one assemblyman, Shafie described the arrests as "very appalling"

Nonetheless, he assured that they will facilitate in MACC's probe.

He is the 11th personarrested by the anti-graft agency in its ongoing investigation.

Yusof Apdal, who is Lahad Datu Assemblyman, was arrested on Wednesday and remanded four days.

Another brother, Hamid Apdal was released on bail Thursday after being held under remand for nine days over the same investigation. Hamid's son-in-law was also released from remand Thursday.

The projects under investigation were to be carried out between 2009 and 2015 in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan.

The RM1.5 billion was said to be part of RM7.5 billion allocated for water, electricity and road infrastructure development projects.

Some RM170 million in bank accounts and assets of the companies involved in the projects were reported to have been frozen.

More than 45 people have been questioned since the probe began two weeks ago.

Opposition leaders claimed the investigation was politically motivated to smear the image of Warisan ahead of the 14th general election but Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and MACC denied this.

The former Umno Vice-President quit the ruling party last year after having been suspended, together with former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, over their criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak and the 1MDB issue.

He later formed Warisan exactly a year ago to take on the State BN coalition in polls. - Hayati Dzulkifli

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