Hanky-panky in PM’s Dept ?

By S D Idid, Malaysian Mirror
Following the nabbing of a political secretary – with RM2mil stashed at an apartment he was staying at near Butterworth – the attention now would surely turn to the senior minister he is working for.

Several clues point to the suspect being Hasbie Sattar, the political secretary to Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Nor Mohamed Yackop, who is in charge of the Economic Planning Unit.
The fourth floor unit of the Sri Molek apartment was said to have been rented by the minister’s election team weeks before the March 8, 2008 general election and later used as a transit home for the minister’s staff.
The apartment is located at Teluk Air Tawar, on the fringes of the Tasek Gelugor parliamentary constituency, where Nor is the MP.
 Besides the money – stacked in bundles of RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100 – anti-graft officers who raided the place also seized a 4WD vehicle registered under the name of a Pulau Tikus-based company and a BMW registered in the name of a person from Sarawak.
Coincidentally, Hasbie is a Sarawakian.

Pol sec since Abdullah’s tenure as PM
He was appointed Nor’s political secretary during Abdullah’s tenure as PM and followed him to the Prime Minister’s Department after Najib took over the helm of the country in April last year.
Two months ago, there were speculative reports that the political secretary was under the scrutiny of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for corruption and abuse of power.

He had reportedly a ‘substantial but unaccountable assets’ in his possession, which include luxury cars and homes.

The MACC, at that time, had reportedly obtained an order to freeze several of the properties as well as his bank accounts to facilitate investigations under the Anti Money Laundering Act.

It was also said to be focusing on alleged kickbacks received from the approval of several multi-million ringgit projects.