Wednesday, 19 August 2009

BN maintains Rohaizat is innocent...

Umno and BN information chief Ahmad Maslan, in defence of its candidate in the Permatang Pasir by-election, has reiterated that Rohaizat Othman was a “victim of circumstances” and that it was his legal firm’s partner who absconded with the RM 161,000 belonging to the Penang Rubber Tappers Co-operative.

Rohaizat was never involved in any land transaction handled by his legal firm partner, Ahmad told a press conference Tuesday.

Ahmad said the sum, intended for the purchase of some real estate, was paid exclusively to Rohaizat’s partner, someone by the name of Yusri Ishak. He was also alleged to have handled all the transactions and processing by himself and without Rohaizat’s involvement.

Bernama has the story:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 00:18 AM

Rohaizat Was Not Involved In Transaction, Says Umno Information Chief

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Aug 18 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the Permatang Pasir by-election, Rohaizat Othman, was not involved in any land transaction handled by his legal firm partner on behalf of Koperasi Pekebun Getah Negeri Pulau Pinang Berhad, said Umno information chief Ahmad Maslan.

Instead, he said, Rohaizat became a victim of circumstances after the partner left the law firm and had to bear the burden of resolving problems arising from the transaction.

He said, in 2002, the cooperative had hired Messrs Saif Ariff T.Jayaraj & Rohaizat to represent it in a property purchase in Penang.

He said the cooperative handed over the money for the purchase to the law firm but later the transaction had to be cancelled.

"At all material times, the transaction was handled by the partner who had been with the firm from 1999 to 2003," he told a press conference at the BN's election operations room here tonight.

He added that the money paid by the cooperative was received exclusively by by the partner, who was handling the client's accounts at all material times.

"Rohaizat's partner was the authorised signatory for the accounts and Rohaizat had no involvement or knowledge about the property transcation," he said.

Ahmad said at the time the cooperative lodged a complaint with the Bar Council's disciplinary board over the transaction, Rohaizad's partner had already left the firm and he (Rohaizat) was named as the respondent in the complaint, making him a victim of circumstances.

He added that Rohaizat appeared before the board for the first time on Sept 11 2007 and on that the day, the board had only questioned a representative of the copperative.

He said the hearing was then postponed to Sept 14 to enable Rohaizat cross examine the representative of the cooperative and explain his side of the story.

However, on that day, Rohaizat did not attend the hearing because he was sick and a medical chit on his illness was submitted to the board, he said.

Following that, he said Rohaizat never received any notices from the board until March 14 2008, when he received a letter stating he had been disbarred.

Ahmad said in discharging his firm's responsibilities, Rohaizat had refunded monies due to the cooperative and following this, the cooperative had written a letter to the disciplinary board on March 28 2008 to retract all complaints made against Rohaizat as all their claims had been settled.

This, he said, showed Rohaizat was a leader of quality and did not run away from problems, unlike his partner, and thus could be deemed a "hero".

As such, he said, allegations by certain quarters that Rohaizat was a person without integrity were not true and hoped this clarification would put to rest the accusations that had been hurled about the BN candidate.

The press conference was also attended by Penang Umno legal advisor Abu Bakar As-Sidek Mohd Sidek, Rohaizat, Penang Umno deputy chief Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman and a representative of the cooperative.

The BN is involved in a straight fight for the state seat. Polling is on Aug 25. -- BERNAMA

(The controversy has now put BN and Umno in a spot, as they are likely to be faced with defending a candidate perceived as tainted by the opposition with the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) capitalising (read here) on the matter in the run up to the by-election on Tuesday. Rohaizat and other Umno leaders, however, said the matter is a non-issue and that PR is only using it as a character assassination attempt on him.)


hakimi said...

Ini kes berat melibatkan wang berjumlah ratusan ribu ringgit.

Majlis Peguam telah ambil tindakan, dan mahkamah juga telah ambil tindakan.

Macam mana nak letak kepercayaan padd beliau.

Pasti kalah. Mark my word.

Jane doe said...

Haiyah. This ahmad maslan guy has taken voters of Permatang Pasir as simpletons who will swallow hook, line and sinker.

He is in for a shock. Another defeat for BN is in the pipeline, I can assure you.

Lee said...

It is better for En.Rohaizat to withdraw from the by election.At least he can salvage a little honour.
UMNO's moral code is indeed very
low...really pathetic.Either that or UMNO is inefficient.For sure BN is going to lose this by election.The voters of Permatang Pasir are definitely offended.They will certainly not take
kindly to this.There is even a possibility of his losing his deposit if he cannot see the writing on the wall!

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postman said...

This what Ku Li has to say abt the BN/Umno candidate.

A different set of rules — Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

AUG 19 — I don’t know Rohaizat Othman. He may be a fine upstanding citizen. However, his public record of dishonesty would long ago have disqualified him from being a candidate for public office in any normal political party.

Is Umno so short of people that we have to find a lawyer disbarred for financial dishonesty to stand? Has financial misconduct become so common among us that we no longer see it as a factor in a candidate’s suitability? The party leaders who select and screen candidates must have known of this impediment but considered financial misconduct a trivial matter.

Honesty is a minimal condition for public office. Whatever the other virtues of the candidate, he should not be considered if he fails this test. The candidates we field for election must have a clean record because we are asking the public to place their confidence in him as their leader, and democratic government breaks down without public confidence. We are also saying this candidate represents us. I’m sad to have to say such obvious things.

By fielding a disbarred lawyer, today’s Umno is projecting the image that it lives by a different moral code from the rest of Malaysia. One set of rules for Umno, and another for everyone else. Either that, or this is the best we can do. —

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