The police were reported to have seized the official state government car from former executive council (Exco) member Norhizam Hassan Baktee at a condominium in Jalan Tun Perak in Melaka yesterday (12 October).
According to Melaka Hari Ini, Melaka Police Chief, Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said the police had received a report from the State Secretary’s Office on 11 October before they continue with the seizure at 1.20 a.m. at the condominium car park.
He added that action was taken after the former exco failed to return the black Toyota Camry, with the registration number “MAL 3”.
“Preliminary investigation found that the Melaka senior assistant state secretary had on 5 October issued an order to Norhizam’s special officer for the car to be returned.”
“The commercial crime investigation department at the Melaka police headquarters has opened an investigation under Section 403 of the Penal Code for dishonest misappropriation of property.” Abdul Majid said.
He said that the police have also seized a car key, a fuel card, and a Touch ‘N Go card from a man who is Norhizam’s official driver.
Section 403 carries a prison sentence of between 6 months and 5 years, whipping and a fine upon conviction.
Meanwhile, Abdul Majid said that the police have obtained statements of 5 witness from the State Secretary’s office to assist in the investigation, MalaysiaKini reported.
Norhizam was stripped of his positions and entitlements following the political turmoil which he and 3 other Melaka Assemblymen had created after they withdrew support for the Barisan Nasional-led state government on 4 October.
The 3 other Melaka Assemblymen being Idris Haron (BN-Sungei Udang), Nor Azman Hassan (BN-Pantai Kundor) and Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu-Telok Mas).
The state government led by Chief Minister, Sulaiman Md Ali collapsed and this later led to the dissolution of the Melaka State Assembly (DUN).
Apart from Norhizam, Idris and Noor Effandi who were also former exco members were reported to have returned their official state government cars a few days ago.
Nonetheless, Norhizam was reported to have said that he would return the car today (13 October) and he expressed his dissatisfaction over the instruction to hand over his official vehicle, while other former exco members were still allowed to use their vehicles.
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