Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Cops step in after former Melaka exco fails to return official car

Norhizam Hassan Baktee was also asked to come in for questioning but told police he was not in the state.

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Melaka police seized the official car of former Pengkalan Batu assemblyman Norhizam Hassan Baktee, at the parking lot of a condominium in Jalan Perak, Bachang yesterday.

State police chief Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said the seizure followed a police report lodged by staff from the Melaka state secretary’s office after Norhizam failed to return the black Toyota Camry, with registration MAL 3.

He added that police also seized a car key, a Touch ‘n Go card and a fuel card from a man who was the official driver to Norhizam, who is also a former state executive councillor.

“At 11.20am yesterday, police seized the black Toyota Camry at the condominium. We asked Norhizam to come to the police headquarters to record his statement, but Norhizam gave the excuse that he was not in the state. The police will record his statement soon over the case.”

Majid said a preliminary investigation found that the Melaka senior assistant state secretary had issued an order on Oct 5 to Norhizam’s special officer for the car to be returned.

The Commercial Crime Investigation Department at the Melaka police contingent headquarters has opened an investigation paper under Section 403 of the Penal Code for alleged dishonest misappropriation of property, he added.

“So far, the police have recorded statements from five witnesses from the state secretary’s office to assist in the investigation. Further investigations will also be carried out to find out how the official car belonging to the state government was parked at the condominium car park,” he said.

Meanwhile, Majid said since the dissolution of the state assembly last week, police have opened investigation papers related to insulting and offensive posts against Melaka Yang di-Pertua Negeri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam and speaker Ab Rauf Yusof on social media platforms.

He added that the police have arrested a 34-year-old civil servant and a 21-year-old female student of a higher learning institution for further investigation.

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