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Marina Yusof blames Daim — 22 years later

Marina Daim

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – April 19, 2016: Former Umno supreme council member Datuk Marina Yusoff has accused former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin of being behind a plot that caused her to lose her building in a controversial property case in the 90’s.

In her Facebook posting yesterday, she said she could understand why opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim “cannot forgive Daim.”

She did not point out what Daim had done to Anwar but it could have been a reference to Anwar’s removal as deputy prime minister and deputy Umno president in 1998.

“I was also a victim of his (Daim’s) cruel scheming and manipulation which deprived me of my building, Marinara,” Marina claimed.

The Menara Marinara project started 22 years ago in 1994 but was engulfed in financial woes during the 1997-1998 economic crisis.

Why Marina is bringing this up now, more than 15 years later, is unclear.

The controversy became so convoluted that the building, along with the assets’ of project’s developers, Marina Sdn Bhd and Pekeliling Triangle Sdn Bhd, were sold to Danaharta for RM35 million in 2005.

It one point it was disclosed that the project had accumulated RM122.77 million in debts from Danaharta Urus Sdn. Bhd.

“I cannot forgive Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop (a former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and ex-second finance minister II) who together with his nephew Fadzlur Rahman Ebrahim (former Prokhas managing director in 2005) who robbed me of my building,” wrote Marina.

“Even though I got a buyer for a much higher price, Fadzlur deliberately sold it to KPJ for a much lower price.

“Then he joined JCorp (Johor Corporation) when his contract with Prokhas (an in-house restructuring outfit of the Ministry of Finance) expired.

“Of course the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) overlooked this blatant act of corruption,” Marina alleged.

She claimed that in order to stop her from taking legal action, KPJ promised her a payment of 10 per cent of the purchase price.

“But after the transfer to them was completed, they (KJP) did not honour their undertaking and only paid me 3 per cent

“To date KPJ still owes me another 7 per cent. They can put the blame on the board but God knows best,” wrote Marina.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]