The RM870,000 Allegedly Stolen By An Usno Baru Member Actually Never Existed

No one had ever seen or received the money.

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Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the United Sabah National Organisation (Usno Baru)'s RM870,000 in party funds, which was supposed to be used for nomination day, never existed

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din explained that the money never existed.

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“According to police investigation, the ‘money’ was only mentioned by party members but no one had ever seen or received the total sum of RM870,000," Ramli was quoted as saying by The Borneo Post.

Previously, a suspect was accused of not showing up on nomination day with the money entrusted to him by party president Dulli Tiaseh, which led to 84 Usno Baru candidates being ineligible to contest in the 14th General Election (GE14).

Ramli was speaking at a press conference held at the state police headquarters in Kepayan yesterday, 2 May.

Usno Baru president Dulli Tiaseh

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On top of that, the supposed suspect who was accused of running away with the money lodged his own report regarding the allegations against him

The Borneo Post reported Ramli as saying that the accused, who was allegedly tasked to take care of the RM870,000, had come forward to lodge a police report.

Earlier this week, New Straits Times (NST) reported that seven Usno Baru candidates demanded the party's top leadership to be held accountable for the unfound RM870,000. 

One of them claimed to have borrowed money from a loan shark to afford the deposit for GE14, and four others lost their source of income after leaving their job as teachers.

Usno Baru members who failed to become GE14 candidates demanded the party's top leadership to be held accountable.

Image via New Straits Times

Ramli stated that the case is now being investigated under Section 408 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust

According to him, about 10 members of Usno Baru have had their statements recorded to assist the investigation. 

Earlier this week, Usno Baru lodged a police report against its own member for allegedly running away with RM870,000 in party funds meant to be used on nomination day:

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