MACC: Isa Samad is a suspect, not witness

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has rubbished claims that Tan Sri Isa Samad was only questioned as a witness for the questionable purchases of two hotels by Felda Investment Corp (FIC).

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki, instead confirmed that the former Felda Global Ventures (FGV) chairman is a suspect for the case.

"I think some people might need to do some criminal study. When we arrest and remand a person, and the magistrate grants remand, that shows he's under investigation.

"Of course (he's a suspect). If you are being arrested, you are my suspect. I just want to make it clear that any person arrested is a suspect," he told reporters after attending a corruption-free pledge ceremony between MACC and the Foreign Affairs Ministry, here, today.

Isa's lawyer Datuk K Kumaraendran had, yesterday, said the former was only called up by MACC to assist in the investigation of the purchases of the two hotels, and not as a suspect.

Isa, who is now Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman, was detained by MACC last Tuesday.

He was being investigated for the questionable deals of the four-star Grand Plaza Kensington Hotel, London and the Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites in Kuching, Sarawak.