The Two Million Ringgit Man

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Nor Mohamed Yakcop’s political secretary Hasbie Satar resigned last night, according to a statement by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department today.

The statement did not give a reason for Hasbie’s resignation.

But the Malaysian Mirror reported that Hasbie, a Sarawakian, was believed to be the political secretary to a senior minister who was detained during an MACC raid last Thursday on an apartment in Teluk Air Tawar in Butterworth. It added that the fourth-floor apartment was thought to have been “rented by the minister’s election team weeks before the 8 March 2008 general election and later used as a transit-home for the minister’s staff”. The portal said that it was learnt that two of the minister’s service staff were present in the apartment during the raid.

The political secretary was detained after MACC officers found RM2 million in cash, a 4WD and a BMW at the apartment. Bank accounts have now been frozen.

Teluk Air Tawar is one of three Penang state assembly constiutuencies that lie within the federal parliamentary constituency of Tasek Gelugor, which is held by Nor Mohamed.

The political secretary had reportedly been under investigation over allegations that he had amassed millions of ringgit in property by being the middleman in deals for approval of multi-million ringgit projects. Investigators also reportedly obtained an order to seize his property, including luxury cars.

The raid came at around the same time that the new MACC said the commission should be judged by its actions.

But when you think of all the big corporate scandals and kickbacks and the cronyism that we have heard of in the past, RM2 million sounds like petty cash or kacang putih. It is only when the MACC takes action against the big sharks that we can really say it is effective and independent.

Last week, it was revealed that the MACC had closed the files on eight so-called “high-profile” cases, six of them involving Pakatan elected reps.

  • Malacca CM Mohd Ali Rustam’s who was alleged to be associated with ‘money politics’ during the party election last year when he was vying for the Umno deputy president’s post;
  • Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim’s who was alleged to have misused state funds to buy 46 cows during Hari Raya Haji for his Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituency;
  • former Perak Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar who was alleged to have misused to have misused his power in suspending Zambry Abdul Kadir and six other Perak BN government exco members from attending the state legislative assembly meeting;
  • alleged corruption case of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T Murugiah during its PPP party election;
  • former Penang Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Fairus Khairuddin who was alleged to be associated with illegal quarry activities;
  • Jawi state assembly member Tan Beng Huat who was alleged to have wrongly used allocations to buy electrical goods;
  • Batu Tiga assembly member Rodziah Ismail who was alleged to have misused state government money; and
  • two Parti Keadilan Rakyat Supreme Council members who were alleged to have bribed Penanti independent candidate Aminah Abdullah.

Now, it’s time to go hunting for sharks!

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Anil Netto

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Kwok

I think we should wait for MACC investigation result and do not make prejudgment. How Hasbie have 2 million is still a question mark. Tan Sri Nor is a person who served the country so much, and his services can not be overlooked and denied. He has done so many thing including the implementation of Islamic banking in Malaysia, the setting-up of the bilateral payments mechanism between Bank Negara Malaysia and Central Banks of South-South countries, the setting-up of the Rating Agency Malaysia Berhad. In result we see lots of International Islamic Bank investing in Malaysia. He also working so… Read more »

veryupset

GE13 seems like a waiting game. N is taking very long to wait….

For a better Malaysia, “I’ll wait”…….!!!

Ricknihc

Yes Anil, the amount squandered by that Big Boss could be much higher. No wonder he was branded as a Menace to the country by George Soros and recalcitrant at that, as commented by the Australian PM at that time. Now he tries to emulate the Minister Mentor from the Island down south but the fact is that TDM doesnt hold a candle to him. What Minister Mentor can do to push the tiny island forward, our old senile TDM couldnt do any, except to divide Malaysians with his foul mouth extremist and racist comments, and those UMNO nincompoops (this… Read more »

dave

wait for the election.its time to change the goverment and to flush out all this corrupt Umno

kolimac

we have got a 8 milliom umno goon
a 2 million umno (politician) and 2dollors umno spy.is the country going to dogs .shame shame shame…

Yang

kolimac
Thats why we have to get rid of these UMNOs once and for all in he next GE. Each and every one of us have to play their part.

Gerakan K

My vote still goes to KTK. What is the point if elected MP/ADUN from PR never supported by state government run by PR? That is why Zahrain quitted PKR. I don’t believe the golf story. It is stantard response when genuine issue being retorted by false allegation. For example, ex Kg Buah Pala residents were greedy, Hasan Ali is BN mole, the state is short of budget but got money to spend on useless projects, etc.

Yang

Gerakan K, Yes, ex Kg Buah Pala residents were greedy especially the 9 which rejected the offer. LGE should not negotiate with these 9 anymore. The 15 which have already signed the agreement with Nusmeto will get their house within 18 month. And when these 15 move into their double storey house which should have worth more than 500,000/= by then, these 9 would have realize that they have been misled by Sugu, MIC, UMNO, Gerakan and ALSO YOU. For your info a single storey house within Penang island is now worth about 500,000/=. Check it out. A double storey… Read more »

looes74

Yang,
To be frank…….It’s a struggle between Mansor’s team & Zahrain’s team. LGE kenna caught in between.
LGE has given Zahrain chairmanship of Penang GLCs & a Datuk Seri. DAP has been extremely kind. I think Anwar knew it too well of the DAP sacrifice.

Fire melts Iron

Gerakan K, Whoever your vote goes to, it is your rights, but, you need to understand that in the present day political scenario, PAS, is the only party capable of downing UMNO Baru. When UMNO Baru falls, the already half drowned MCA, MIC, Gerakan and mosquito party will drown! As it is, without being bias, DAP will sweep MCA, MIC, Gerakan, clean come the next election. PKR will sweep whatever that is up for grabs in mixed constituency. We need to thank Perkasa, UMNO Baru for their extremists and ultra politics for the present day political scenario. From the onset,… Read more »

Gerakan K

Someone told me, you actually is O. Anyway PAS is so weak outside Kelantan. Many still believe PAS = religious first economic zilch. While it is OK for individuals to book a place in heaven, but atheist like naughty kid NK Khoo will cry fault. Also your god is not everyone god. Who cares if PAS forms UG with UMNO ??? It is BN + safe deposit west Malaysia parties that matter. According to some rumour, BN set to gain 2/3 in Parliament very soon. Expect more defection soon.

Fire melts Iron

Gerakan K, bro, you are correct but don’t mentionla ok? Sometimes comment from my laptop when travelling, sometimes from desktop and sometimes from my office. There are times we do not use our desktop for a long time and when we comment forgot to change the id. Sorry bro. Please comment properly bro, how can you say PAS is so weak outside Kelantan? Are you not aware that they are the MB for Kelantan, Kedah and Perak? Perak of course was robbed! They have done very well compared to Gerakan, right, bro? I do not wish to comment on religion,… Read more »

Yang

GK
Yes through corruptible assemblymen like the 3 frogs in Perak. And now they are enticing Zahrain an opportunist who (recommended) a RM2.00 company to tender for a RM40 millions jobs. This is the traits that you & UMNO have been projecting all along, isnt it. WHAT A SHAMELESS GUY you are THAT CONDONE such act. Don`t you have any conscience or conscious guilt at all ??.

Sandiwara XYZ

Ha,ha. Dear Anil, you are right. Actually, 2 million is only a bit of dust compared to the 8 billion squandered away by the foolish big boss in the 1980s forex gambling when M was in power.

Mist

I had spent a large part of my life in academia and I was blissfully oblivious of much of what went on in society, mostly in the corporate world. Recently I got involved in the real estate business and get to meet quite a few people in the corporate world and those who have close association with what went on in the business world. It would seemed that kickbacks are quite common. Proxies are often used to facilitate the process. And then of course there were other rather unethical practices and I had been given the advice so often that… Read more »

Nirza

Getting arrested is one thing but being charged in court is another. I understand that SPRM faces the biggest obstacle when prosecuting (cases). Witnesses for prosecution suddenly turn hostile, change their statement in court etc. I am inclined to believe that some witnesses (might be) paid off(?)

karma

Teachers are made to eat nasi bungkus. Politicians are becoming richer. Prices of essential goods have shot up. People are finding it hard to put food on the table. Education has become “papers without quality”. The economy is doomed. Social problems are sickening. Crime rate has gone up. Here BN associates are caught with millions in cash. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Leaders are living like Maharajas of yesteryear. The people down there are suffering. This is Malaysia. When politicians are corrupted to the core, the country will wither. My dear Malaysians. Let’s go for a change.… Read more »

don

Funny! Now BN govt has near tactic. All those who have said or done something wrong just resign. This does not solve the issue. PDRM and MACC should investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book whether BN or PR. Those who break the trust placed in them should be dealt with without fear or favour. Nor Mohammad shld take leave until investigations (into his political secretary) are complete, (if he is (also allegedly) involved then he can impede investigations by shredding relevant documents like what K Toyo and company immediately after March 8 2008).

niakong

Don’t think that that’s it with the resignation of the political secretary. Whether the real mastermind/culprit is nailed, we just know too well how the political scene works in this country.

Millions and millions are needed to have it their ways, to hold on to power. And the last reserves of the nation are fast drying up by these unscrupulous acts.

Yang

Zahrain tried to politicize the situation when (the) multi million tender (was denied) to the 2 dollars company. As an ex UMNO member, he just like all UMNO members are all alike, (allegedly) trying to use their position for their advantages. It was LGE CAT that put a stop to this type of croynism. It is a good thing that Zahrain resigned and the full turnout of the top brass of Pakatan Rakyat’s Penang contingent at Chief Minister LGE open house at Komtar Walk yesterday doused hopes that the insurgency of Zahrain Mohd Hashim was gaining ground. We Penangite have… Read more »