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The peculiar case of Johor MB’s bribery allegation

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – November 29, 2017: While the alleged involvement of Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin in a corruption case can be considered as shocking, some of the facts do not seem to add-up.

Especially the day — June 17, 2015 — on which Khaled had supposedly accepted a RM700,000 bribes in return for altering the status of several Bumiputra housing lots to non-Bumiputra.

Sources close to Khaled pointed out that he was out of town the day the deal between him and property consultant Amir Sharifuddin Abdul Raub was purportedly brokered.

According to Amir’s statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over his possible involvement in a housing and land controversy which was recently leaked, the money was paid in cash at the Johor Umno headquarters.

Khaled’s Instagram posts however spoke of a different story.

Apparently Khaled had been visiting Malaysian students in Egypt and Jordan and performing religious obligations in Saudi Arabia from June 13 to 19, 2015.

His alleged ties with the controversy was floated two days ago after the document was dumped at an anonymous blog called Bongkar Rahsia BN Johor (Expose Johor BN’s secrets).

Interestingly, Amir had this evening lodged a police report against the blog and a Facebook page, MiloSuam, for disclosing the confidential document which he claimed to have been doctored.

“My lawyer and I have gone through the posting and we discovered that some of the statements in the post contradicted the ones I had given to the MACC,” read Amir’s police report sighted by The Mole.

He also pointed out that not only were the so-called money trails and payment schedules included in the post were irrelevant to his probe, certain pages of the document were conveniently missing.

“I deem the owners of the blog and Facebook page are trying to tarnish my reputation and invoke fear to my family,” said Amir.

The land and housing controversy surfaced last April after Amir and former Johor executive councillor Datuk Abd. Latiff Bandi claimed trial to 33 charges of abetment to accept RM30 million in bribes between November 13, 2013 and October 19, 2016.

The MACC denied that it was behind the leak and earlier today lodged a police report.

Earlier, its deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki stated that a copy of the statement was given to one of the accused’s lawyers. The case is pending in court.

Khaled’s meeting with Johoreans working in Mecca on June 17, 2015.





About the author

Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

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 zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.