Wednesday, 28-Apr-2004 11:21 AM
conspirator in the Anwar Ibrahim frame-up bites the dust
The ‘big secret’ of the
Chairman of Felcra, Hamzah Zainuddin, revealed
Who is Hamzah Zainuddin? Before
this not many have heard his name. How did he become the Felcra
Chairman, a post normally reserved for those who have ‘served the
powers that be’, in this case the one-time Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad? What did he do for Mahathir that resulted
in him being appointed the Felcra Chairman?
And how come, as a mere Chairman
of Felcra, he is worth so much money that the Ipoh Syariah Court
saw fit to command him to pay his abandoned (first) wife an amount
as high as RM11.206 million, which is supposed to be only a portion
of his vast wealth?
Hamzah was one of the conspirators
in the plot to smear Anwar Ibrahim and he is the latest in the long
list of conspirators to bite the dust. He is certainly rich but
he made his money through foul and corrupted means, even by trying
to ‘sell’ his wife and, together with Anuar Musa, robbed RM40 million
from the fund set up to assist the hardcore poor.
Pak Lah is paranoid that
Mahathir is out to get him
Before we talk about Hamzah
Zainuddin, let us first talk about the new Prime Minister, Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi (Pak Lah). Why is a person like Hamzah still the Felcra
Chairman while Anwar is kept in prison and denied his request for
Not long after Pak Lah became
Prime Minister, a few ex-close aides of Anwar went to meet him (Pak
Lah) to discuss the possibility of Anwar being allowed his much-needed
And that was around the time
rumours were spread that Parti Keadilan Nasional’s Youth Leader,
Ezam Mohd Nor, went to meet Pak Lah to discuss his entry into Umno.
The truth is, the meeting was about Anwar’s medical treatment.
A series of meetings were held
but finally Pak Lah declined the request. He said that his position
in Umno is not secured yet -- he is still only the Acting President
and is yet to be elected its ‘confirmed’ President at the Umno General
Assembly due to be held in June this year -- so he is worried that
if he allows Anwar his medical treatment, then ‘Mahathir’s men’
in Umno would view him as weak and may try to oust him from power.
Clearly, Pak Lah is worried
about being surrounded by Mahathir’s men and is paranoid that they
would make a move on him, his Deputy, Najib Tun Razak, being one
of them. And Hamzah is Najib's 'man', so he too must be spared.
“Anyway,” said Pak Lah, “This
matter is between Anwar and Mahathir.” He added that, from the beginning,
he was never involved in the conspiracy to get rid of Anwar and
he refuses to get involved now.
Pak Lah never said Anwar is
guilty of the crimes he has been accused of committing or that this
is a matter for the courts to decide. He admitted this is all about
politics but that this is between Anwar and Mahathir. Because he
has not yet successfully strengthened his position in Umno, Pak
Lah refuses to undo whatever Mahathir has done lest the ex-Prime
Minister instructs ‘his people’ to make a move on him come June
this year. And Mahathir appointed Hamzah the Felcra Chairman so
he will not interfere in this matter as well, notwithstanding what
has now been revealed.
“Justice may be delayed,
but it is never denied”
About a year ago, Anwar bumped
into one of his old school teachers from the Malay College Kuala
Kangsar while undergoing treatment at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
This teacher has since died, but not before he was able to attend
Nurul Izzah’s, Anwar’s daughter’s, wedding.
The teacher hugged Anwar and
said, “Justice may be delayed, but it is never denied.”
Well, Anwar may not be able
to receive justice from the Malaysian courts. He also cannot get
it from the new Prime Minister who is too frightened of incurring
Mahathir’s wrath that he refuses to get involved in the Anwar issue.
But Anwar certainly seems to be receiving justice from some other
higher power even though it may be delayed.
And let us go through the list.
Ummi Hafilda Ali, one of the
main players in the Anwar conspiracy, was disowned by her father
before he died. Ummi’s father is of course also Azmin Ali’s father
so we have it on good authority this is so. What fate do you think
awaits a daughter disowned by her father and who died before he
could forgive her for the sin she did to Anwar?
Azizan Abu Bakar, Ummi’s partner-in-crime
and the one who accused Anwar of sodomy and later retracted his
allegation, in turn crashed his car, which resulted in his wife’s
death. He was then later arrested for khalwat (close proximity)
and sentenced to six months jail.
Aziz Shamsuddin, the head conspirator,
too crashed his car and his wife too died. It was reported that
when they took her body to hospital they discovered a cheque for
RM3 million on her body, which was a bribe for a contract he had
awarded a Chinese company. Everyone has to die one day, but dying
with dirty money on your body is a terrible way to go.
And we all know what happened
to the Attorney-General then who was in charge of fixing Anwar’s
trials. He lingered in a one-year coma after falling down and hitting
his head when he suffered a stroke.
The doctors at the Subang Medical
Centre had to cut open his skull to relief the swelling on the brain
but they could not sew it back because of the swelling. The skull
finally had to be taped with plaster to prevent the brain from falling
When he finally died, his head
had shrunk and those who saw him at the time of his death said that
his head looked like a monkey’s head. How befitting someone who
did not use his brain when he was alive and who ‘monkeyed’ around
with the justice system!
Remember Dr Ristina Majid,
another conspirator? She was pissed drunk while her niece, who she
had been entrusted to baby sit, drowned in the swimming pool. Her
father too disowned her and he died without forgiving her for what
she did to Anwar.
Dr Ristina herself died of
a stroke while in a conference in Jakarta and she went to her grave
without her father’s forgiveness. She in fact wanted to marry Aziz
Shamuddin but he did not want her. And Azizan Abu Bakar was for
a while employed by her as her driver.
Yes, only ‘good’ things come
to those who did ‘good’ to others. But while such a fate is befitting
some, for others death is too good a punishment. For example, for
people like Hamzah Zainuddin, a man who delights in glamour, he
should not be given the easy way out. He should be allowed to live
but live a life of disgrace. That, to a man like Hamzah, is a fate
worst than death.
And what, you may ask, is Hamzah’s
fate that is worst than death?
rich Felcra chief,” Kit Siang
The Democratic Action
Party (DAP) Chairman and opposition leader in Parliament,
Lim Kit Siang, has asked the government to suspend the Felcra
chairman, Hamzah Zainuddin, following revelations that he
has tens of millions of Ringgit in unaccountable assets.
Lim said, “Hamzah’s wealth
has raised public queries as to the propriety of their sources,
especially as Abdullah had pledged a clean, incorruptible,
accountable and trustworthy administration.”
“I am not asking Abdullah
to suspend Hamzah as Felcra chairman because of his matrimonial
problems, but because his great wealth and assets as revealed
by the Syariah Court settlement.”
Lim also took to task
the state-owned news agency, Bernama, for attempting to censor
the news report on Hamzah’s divorce settlement. According
to Lim, Bernama sent a note to all local newspapers two hours
after it filed its report on the court order.
It read, “Please do not
(repeat) do not use Bernama item datelined Ipoh slugged ‘Felcra
chairman ordered to pay over RM11 million to ex-wife’.”
“This is a gross interference
with a free press, totally alien to Abdullah's call on the
Barisan Nasional leaders to hear the truth,” said Lim.
Lim called on Bernama
to identify and suspend the official who had directed the
sending out of the ‘kill’ advisory. He said that the news
agency should conduct an inquiry on the matter and its report
tabled in Parliament when it convenes for the first time on
Lim also lamented that
Felcra - a government agency aimed to lift the socio-economic
conditions of some 700,000 smallholders by consolidating and
rehabilitating idle land for crop cultivation - has a history
of corruption and abuses of power.
“There was the long-running
case of the Felcra director-general charged for corruption
involving RM40 million belonging to the agency, the long-standing
ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency) investigation into the RM72 million
Felcra scandal involving fertilizer contract.”
“And, in 1994, I raised
in Parliament the catalogue of multi-million Ringgit abuses
of the Felcra tender and project development process cheating
the Felcra smallholders of their rightful dues.”
Hamzah made to pay his
wife RM11.206 million
On 8 April 2004, the Ipoh Syariah
Court ordered Hamzah to pay his ex-wife, Nooraini Abdul Rashid,
RM11.20 million within a month as a divorce settlement.
The judge, Hassan Basri, said
this represents one-third of Hamzah’s assets that includes 21,064,286
shares shares in three companies, Hexagon Holding Berhad (3,013,957
shares), Evermaster Group Berhad (3,496,901 shares) and Asian Pac
Holding Berhad (56,682,000 shares).
As an alternative, Hamzah may
instead pay his ex-wife an amount of RM10 million in cash in lieu
of the shares. Further to that, Hamzah has to hand over to Nooraini
two luxury cars and a house in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Who is Hamzah Zainuddin?
Hamzah was once the Umno Division
Chief for Ipoh Barat. For those who may have forgotten, Hamzah was
also the one who testified during Anwar’s trials alleging that Anwar
had tried to seduce his new (second) wife. In the hearing, Hamzah
produced tape-recorded conversations between his new wife and Anwar
Actually, Anwar’s ‘voice’ was
that of a famous Chinese Muslim comedian who all Malaysians are
very familiar with. This impersonator is in fact quite good and
can cleverly mimic the voices of Samy Vellu, Lim Keng Yaik, Mohammad
Rahmat, Ling Leong Sik, and many more. He once even had his own
TV show where he demonstrated his uncanny skill for mimicking every
known Malaysian leader.
So there is actually more to
the whole episode than what the court was told. While Hamzah’s second
wife’s voice was really hers, Anwar’s voice was substituted with
that of this famous Malaysian mimic or impersonator.
Anyway, back to the Hamzah
Hamzah had earlier abandoned
his first wife, Nooraini, who is a very decent and simple village
girl, to marry his new glamorous wife, the one Anwar was supposed
to have seduced. Hamzah actually married his new wife as a ‘showpiece’
to further his business interest as he was embarrassed by his first
wife and felt she was too simple and not sophisticated enough.
Hamzah then asked this new
wife to ‘hound’ Anwar and try to get him, who was then the Deputy
Prime Minister and Finance Minister, to award his company various
government contracts. Hamzah felt confident his glamorous would
be able to seduce Anwar.
But Anwar was so fed up with
the persistent phone calls from Hamzah’s wife that he eventually
instructed his office to block all her calls and not allow any calls
to get through. This angered Hamzah who then accused Anwar of ‘chasing
his wife’ and of trying to seduce her whereas it was the other way
around. Hamzah, in fact, was using his glamorous wife to try to
seduce Anwar in the hope Anwar would have an affair with her and
‘reward’ her by awarding government contracts to his company.
But it did not work, much to
Hamzah’s exasperation, and he wanted to get even with Anwar. And
Hamzah is really very capable of doing this to the extent of allowing
others to ‘use’ his wife as long as he can financially benefit from
Hamzah’s early life
Hamzah started his career as
a government contractor way back in the 1980s, more than 20 years
ago, when he headed a company in Ipoh called Justera Sdn Bhd. Justera
was a subsidiary of a public company called Construction and Supply
House Berhad (CASH) that was headed by Dato Syed Ibrahim, a Daim
Zainuddin crony. Daim was then Malaysia’s Finance Minister and CASH
was just one of his many front companies.
Justera would participate in
many government contracts all over Malaysia but all these contracts
failed. Hamzah’s modus operandi would be to get the contract and
claim the progress payments. Then, once he received the money from
the government, he would abandon the project. The Kedah Religious
Department housing project and the Gerik Highway are but just two
examples where he made millions by abandoning the contracts.
Eventually, his company got
blacklisted and he knew he could no longer get any government contracts.
He then changed his modus operandi by tendering for government jobs
at a very low price. Then he would approach the other contractors,
mostly Chinese, and offered to withdraw from the tender and allow
them to win it, for a price of course.
Hamzah soon made millions by
just tendering for and withdrawing from the tenders for RM500,000
per contract. At five or six contracts a month, millions poured
into his bank account.
And that is why he is worth
so much money now that the court saw fit to award his abandoned
wife RM11.206 million, which is just a portion of what he is actually
But this is not all. There
is still more to the Hamzah Zainuddin story.
Hamzah sold illegal pharmaceutical
products to pig and poultry farms
Probably amongst Hamzah’s biggest
score was selling illegal pharmaceutical products to pig and poultry
farms. And this is how he did it.
Hamzah set up a company called
Medik & Kimia 2000 Sdn Bhd. Medik & Kimia then acted as
the official and sole importer for Rhone Poulenc, a French company
with French government interests. The General Manager of Rhone Poulenc,
James Aw, of course had an interest in Medik and Kimia 2000 and
was its ‘sleeping partner’.
Medik & Kimia 2000 then
imported drugs for the pig and poultry farms from France.
But why did Rhone Poulenc need
to appoint Medik and Kimia 2000 as its sole importer? Why was Rhone
Poulenc not able to import the products themselves?
Because the drugs had not been
approved by the Veterinary Department.
The drugs were imported by
air through the Subang Airport and the officials at the Subang Airport
were paid handsomely to close their eyes to the illegal drug trafficking.
But the Subang
Airport officials were not the only ones who had to be paid. Once
the drugs reached the pig and poultry farms, there were always the
watchful eyes of the Veterinary Department officers to be wary of
as they made constant checks to ensure no pig or poultry farms were
using unapproved drugs.
To ensure no pig or poultry
farms that were customers of Medik and Kimia 2000 ever got raided
by the Veterinary Department -- or, even if they did, then they
would be warned beforehand so that the drugs could be moved and
hidden in safe place -- the top man in the Veterinary Department
was paid of.
Millions were made in this
manner in the years they were running this illegal drug scam. When
the top man in the Veterinary Department eventually retired, Rhone
Poulenc and Medik & Kimia 2000 could no longer continue with
their scam. So, as a last hurrah, they siphoned out RM1.3 million
in cash and closed down Medik and Kimia 2000.
To protect themselves from
legal repercussions, James Aw and Hamzah forged a guarantee document
to show the French head office that the RM1.3 million ‘lost money’
was guaranteed by two people. They then sued the two ‘guarantors’,
who actually have nothing to do with the company, and got them declared
bankrupt. James Aw and Hamzah, after making millions all those years
selling illegal drugs to the pig and poultry farms, got a golden
handshake of a further RM1.3 million, and two unfortunate people
were made bankrupts in the process.
Yes, Hamzah is worth a lot
of money. He is so wealthy that his ex-wife could be awarded more
than RM11 million in a divorce settlement. And this is only a portion
of what he is worth. Nooraini said Hamzah is worth more than that
but she does not have all the details. That was why it took years
before she managed to sue Hamzah. She was trying to track down all
his assets first as she knew he had more hidden than what she was
Today, Hamzah Zainuddin is
no longer an unknown. Now all Malaysians know who he is and what
he is. And he is nothing more than another low-life conspirator
who framed Anwar and who made his wealth by robbing the hardcore
poor, bribery, cheating, selling illegal drugs to pig farms, and
who unsuccessfully tried to 'sell' his wife to Anwar Ibrahim in
exchange for government contracts.
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