Two officials from DPMM summoned by police

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KUALA LUMPUR: Two senior officials from the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM) has been summoned by the police commercial crime unit in Putrajaya.

It is understood that its president Rizal Faris Mohideen Abdul Kadir will be called in on Thursday afternoon at 2pm.

Meanwhile DPMM secretary-general Don Nazwim Don Najib has been asked to make himself available on Wednesday at 3pm.

Both of them have been asked to turn up at the commercial crime unit in Putrajaya.

Police sources when contacted confirmed the duo have been called.

It remains uncertain whether the two are being investigated or are called in as witnesses to assist an on-going investigation.

However, the duo were previously reported to be embroiled in a tussle over not holding its annual general meeting within the stipulated time resulting in a court action filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court by a rival faction.

The faction subsequently filed an originating summons to force Rizal Faris, Don Nazwim and DPMM to hold an EGM.

In the court documents, the rival faction claimed that RM5 million, which was supposed to be allocated to DPMM by the Prime Minister's Office before the 14th General Election was instead deposited into the account of Yayasan DPMM Pulau Pinang Bhd — allegedly controlled by Rizal Faris.

There were other allegations of impropriety made by the rival group led by Datuk Seri Syed Hussein Alhabshee.

This resulted in an extraordinary meeting (EGM) held on Nov 22 last year by the rival faction led by Syed Hussein during which they allegedly removed Rizal Faris.

It was reported that at the EGM a total of 89 out of 92 delegates supported the move to remove Rizal Faris as president, a post he was supposed to hold for three years after he was elected in May 2017.

The EGM is said to have appointed Syed Hussein as DPMM's acting president.

On the same day that the rival faction held the EGM, the group led by Rizal Faris removed the office bearers including the vice-presidents and the exco members who were against him.

Syed Hussein, who is DPMM deputy president, and 17 others subsequently filed an injunction last December to prevent Rizal Faris and Don Nazwim from carrying out the motions that his faction passed in its annual general meeting, including for the rival faction led by Syed Hussein to be removed from the post.