KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 – Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim confirmed today that Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers had “visited” his houses and office yesterday and that part of the RM500,000 they took was to finance a mission to Gaza, Palestine, that he had planned.
Another portion of the money taken by MACC officers, who had come to his houses in Baling, Kedah, and Subang, Selangor, and his office in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, was meant for the Baling Umno Division to be given to the constituents for Ramadan and Aidilfitri, he said.
The mission to Gaza was planned for after the general election on May 9, he said when contacted by Bernama. Abdul Azeez also said that besides the cash, the MACC officers also seized watches and some foreign currency. “The MACC officers were very professional. I will extend my fullest cooperation to the MACC in carrying out its investigation,” he said.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki, when contacted, confirmed the raids and seizure of RM500,000 from the three locations. The investigation was being conducted under Section 16 of the MACC Act 2009 for receipt of gratification.
Meanwhile, MACC Perlis director Mohd Shukor Mahmud confirmed that a search was conducted at Abdul Azeez’s house in Taman Bemban, Kupang, Kedah, and the MP community service centre at Batu 42, Pulai, also in Kedah, last night.
He said, however, that more details would have to be obtained from the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya which handled the case and that the Perlis MACC was asked to assist. — Bernama