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MACC arrests Warisan Youth chief, 2 Umno Youth leaders

MACC arrests Warisan Youth chief, 2 Umno Youth leaders”

Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that MACC, which is now probing how RM1.5 billion meant for rural projects in Sabah was siphoned out, has collected documents on road and water projects from the ministry.

He said the move by the MACC had always been expected and should be supported because many stories had been heard since 2010 when the National Key Result Area (NKRA) (Rural) was alleged to have been abused by a federal ministry which resulted in the projects purportedly being delayed, uncompleted and also reported to be ready but could not be used.

It said the other two were Jamawi Jaafar, who heads the Tenom Umno Youth wing, and Ariffin Kassim, who is Tawau Umno Youth leader.

Azis said officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) went to his house at about 8pm when he was out.

Azis said that as far as he knows, he is the only one called to meet with MACC tomorrow.

However, Azis is expected to return to the MACC office at 10.30am on Monday.

Azis was called by MACC last night to give his details as the graft-busting agency widens its probe into funds misappropriated from projects that were supposed to be carried out by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

MACC has so far arrested three people including Warisan vice-president and businessman Datuk Peter Anthony, a former assistant development secretary of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry in Putrajaya, and a construction company owner.

The sacking was preceded by months of both men questioning Prime Minister Najib Razak over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal.

The funds allocated for these projects over the past six years totalled RM7.5 billion.

Malaysia's probe into allegations that senior civil servants embezzled funds meant for the rural poor in Sabah state has revealed that as much as RM1.5 billion (S$483 million) was stolen over the past six years, as former Cabinet minister turned opposition politician Shafie Apdal called the probe a "political assassination" targeted at him.

On Friday, Azam said that figure had now ballooned to a staggering RM1.5 billion.

Dzulkifli today said Azam was the MACC's pointman in the ivestigation.

On Wednesday, more than RM150 million were seized when investigators swooped in on 15 locations in Sabah during an operation.

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