Spy chief arrest sparks laconic comments on social networks

It must be the worst ‘Merdeka’ day for former director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid.

Not only did the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrest her to help in the probe in the latest case of misappropriation of election funds 0n Tuesday.

The local social media is riling over her role as spy chief and the accusations that she stole government money.

The MACC is widening its investigation into the alleged misappropriation of US$12mil (RM49.3mil) worth of government funds involving Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO).

She is the one latest among the ex-Najib Razak regime top officials who got arrested by the MACC, sparking comments that the prison authorities should allocate a block in the Sungai Buloh prison for them.

Facebook user Razak Fansuriah said: I suggest that the prison department allocate a prison block in Sungai Buluh. The block can be named as Najib’s Razak block. He and his companions, male or female should lock up in the block. And the block should be open to the public as a reminder of their deeds to the nation.

She is expected to be remanded later at the Putrajaya magistrate’s court.

Several screenshots of the letter were leaked, which went viral.

Previously, Hasanah, the former head of the Malaysian spy agency, had written to CIA director Gina Haspel, appealing to the United States to support Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s administration.

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