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TMI funding: Azwanddin gives statement

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Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah was present at Bukit Aman today to give his statement on the alleged foreign funding received by local news portal The Malaysian Insight (TMI) allegedly for the purpose of toppling the Malaysian government.

Azwanddin arrived at about 11 am and was seen leaving the police headquarters at about 1.30 pm.

When met by reporters, he said a total of 40 additional documents were handed over to the police to facilitate investigations into the case by Bukit Aman’s Classified Criminal Investigation Unit, as it involves dignitaries.

“I’m satisfied that the investigation papers have been opened, specifically against the news portal.

“It is hoped that the submission of all these documents will help the police in their investigations into the case,” he said.

TMI landed in the spotlight during the Umno general assembly last December when a delegate urged the authorities to probe the news portal.

Tasek Gelugor Umno Youth chief Mohd Nashrol Hisham Abdullah said this was following the portal's attacks on Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Abdul Razak.

He also disclosed that a search with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) revealed that the portal is owned by one Faridah Begum.

Faridah is the sister of TMI editor-in-chief Jahabar Saddiq and wife of attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.

The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) later summoned Jahabar and other TMI executives for questioning.

On Feb 4, JMM lodged a police report against TMI saying it was suspected of receiving foreign funds to allegedly topple the government. - Bernama