Shafie arrives in Kota Kinabalu to give MACC statement

Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking and secretary-general Loretto Padua Jr calling on the crowd that had gathered outside the MACC office in Kota Kinabalu today to remain calm. – The Malaysian Insight pic

The Parti Warisan Sabah president, who arrived at about 3.45pm was surrounded as he exited the hall and had to be forcefully ushered to his vehicle by bodyguards as the 300-strong supporters did not give way and came closer to show their support by shaking hands and hugging him.

Darell Leiking, Deputy President of his Parti Warisan Sabah party, described the arrest as political persecution.

Former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to facilitate in investigations into the alleged embezzlement of some RM1.5 billion worth of funds for rural projects in Sabah, according to Bernama.

The businessman was arrested last Saturday to assist in the corruption probe.

An aide confirmed that the Semporna MP has been called by MACC to give a statement and will be flying in to Kota Kinabalu from Kuala Lumpur later today.

"I know they have to do their job, and that's why I will cooperate", he added.

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"We shall ensure that we shall fight for justice for all those who this (Najib) regime intends to suppress and intimidate", Darell told Reuters.

Shafie, a former Umno vice president was sacked from the federal Cabinet in 2015 following his criticism of the beleaguered 1Malaysia Development Berhad investment firm and soon after started Parti Warisan in Sabah with the aim of toppling the state government.

Asked if he believed the investigation was politically motivated, he said, "Well it's near election".

The commission is investigating some 350 rural projects involving water and electricity supply, as well as roads awarded by the ministry to some 60 companies between 2009 and 2015.

The MACC has also arrested Warisan vice-president Peter Anthony and Youth chief Azis Jamman in its probe into the alleged embezzlement of RM1.5 billion of federal funds meant for projects in Sabah.

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