Tight-lipped Isa Samad leaves after 4 hours with MACC (Updated)

PUTRAJAYA: Former Felda Global Ventures (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad and his wife Puan Sri Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid had their statements recorded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in relation to the controversy surrounding the Felda subsidiary.

The couple arrived at the MACC headquarters at about 9.40am and left the building at 2pm.

Isa said he had given his explanation on the issue, stressing that no wrongdoing has been established yet.

"How do I know? I replied and gave my statements when they asked and that was it. I do not know whether I am wrong or not.

"I can't say because I do not want to jump the gun. That is up to MACC," he told reporters outside the MACC headquarters today.

On why his wife was present, Isa said it was normal for her to be called as her name was mentioned.

He declined to disclose the allegations against Bibi, adding that he would leave everything to MACC.

In a statement issued later, MACC said it had recorded statements from the couple to facilitate a probe on allegations against them.

The commission added that the couple had extended their full cooperation, adding that MACC's probe was focused on alleged corruption and abuse of power.

A boardroom tussle at FGV had resulted in its chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad and chief financial officer Ahmad Tifli Mohd Talha being forced to take leave of absence while investigations
are conducted on alleged discrepancies involving "many millions of ringgit".

FGV Trading CEO Ahmad Salman Omar and Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd (DOP) senior general manager Kamarzaman Abd Karim were also forced to take a leave of absence. DOP is a subsidiary of FGV.

According to Isa, the issue surfaced when its external auditor Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC) discovered alleged discrepancies in dealings between DOP and Safitex, which is based in Dubai.

On June 19, Isa relinquished his position in FGV voluntarily in light of an internal feud with Zakaria.