Son of Felda boss gives statement to MACC on London hotel deal

Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (right) greets his supporters on nomination day at the Umno headquarters in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur September 20, 2013. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (right) greets his supporters on nomination day at the Umno headquarters in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur September 20, 2013. — Picture by Choo Choy May

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — The son of Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) group chairman, Tan Sri Isa Samad, was summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday, Malaysiakini reported today.

His statement was recorded to assist investigations into the multi-million-ringgit purchase of a luxury hotel in London.

It is understood that Isa, who is the former Negri Sembilan mentri besar, has four children.

The news portal added that MACC's director of special operations, Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin, refused to confirm or deny the news when contacted.

The Malay Mail newspaper reported that a high-ranking official was nabbed on Sunday in relation to the purchase of Park City Hotel and remanded until yesterday.

A middleman, in his 40s, allegedly linked to the same deal, was arrested last week. His remand was extended by four days on Thursday.

FIC, the investment arm of Felda, acquired the four-star property in London’s Bayswater neighbourhood for £60million (RM330 million). It was renamed Grand Plaza Hotel on December 15 last year.

Last May, Lavista Sdn Bhd and Pegang Impian Holdings Sdn Bhd, the major shareholders of Encorp Bhd, sold a 49.45 per cent stake in Encorp to FIC for RM239.72 million.

FIC is chaired by Isa and its directors are Datuk Nik Azman, Kota Tinggi MP Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid, Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Datuk Omar Salim and its chief executive officer Zaid Abdul Jalil.

Incorporated on July 2, 2013, FIC has also invested in other properties and recently opened the first Malaysian restaurant in Jeddah.

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