Kempas assemblyman praises Abd Latif Bandi's decision to go on leave

Chuah Bee Kim

JOHOR BARU: A Johor assemblyman has praised a state executive council member’s decision to go on leave as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigates a real estate corruption scandal in the state.

Kempas assemblyman Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat said it was the right thing to do as the Johor government has always followed the rule of law, even when one of its own leaders was implicated in any corruption case.

He said that the decision by Datuk Abd Latif Bandi, state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman, to go on leave showed integrity of the state’s leaders under Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

“We believe in the rule of law and everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

“However, if the suspects are charged for the offence stated and proven to be guilty of the said charge, then the full brunt of the law should be hammered down on them,” Harontold the New Straits Times.

Seven suspects, including the son and a special officer to Latif, were subsequently arrested for alleged involvement in a real estate corruption scandal that had caused the state government to lose out on tens of thousands of ringgit in potential housing revenue.

MACC froze RM15.5 million in 45 bank accounts and seized 21 luxury cars, five high-powered motorcycles and RM500,000 in local and foreign currencies.

Two of the seven suspects were released on bail on Friday.

Haron said the MACC investigation had revealed possible abuses in the Bumiputera-allocation for housing in the state.

He hoped that the case would increase all quarters awareness about the state government’s policies on housing.