Thursday, February 09, 2012

Man arrested in Indonesia is Hilmi Malik


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police confirmed that the man arrested by the Indonesian Immigration authorities is Hilmi Malik, the former boyfriend of Selangor PKR executive counsellor Elizabeth Wong.

Wong was caught up in a scandal over her leaked semi-naked photos more than three years ago which she claimed was taken without her consent.

She did not state if they were taken by Hilmi but claimed she had been victimised.

Utusan Malaysia today quoted Kuala Lumpur CID chief Ku Chin Wah as saying the police have received confirmation of the man’s identity from Indonesian authorities.

He made no mention if Hilmi would be deported back to Malaysia anytime soon and said the former political aide is still under investigation for immigration offences there.

“The Indonesian authorities wanted more time to complete their probe into claims brought against the man.

“The Malaysian police will cooperate with them to assist in any further investigation,” said Ku.

Hilmi, who was traveling around Indonesia as “Azmin Helmi”, was arrested by the Batam immigration last Friday for carrying fake identification documents.

The 36-year-old is said to have entered Indonesia on his Malaysian passport via the Tanjung Balai international port in Karimun on Feb 15, 2009 before travelling around the archipelago and eventually settling in Jakarta.

DetikNews.com quoted him as telling the Indonesian authorities upon his arrest that he was advised by PKR leaders to stay in the country as his “security was no longer guaranteed in Malaysia”.

“I chose to stay here (Indonesia) even though my visa had expired because the party (PKR) and my family told me to… there is a threat on me by the Malaysian government which may want to make me a political tool of those in power,” he was quoted as saying.

He also said his long stay there had been financed by the party and his family.

The Malaysian police said his disappearance had obstructed their investigation significantly and the case remains inconclusive.

The police believe Hilmi had fled to Indonesia just after the scandal broke out in early 2009.

Meanwhile Wong remained in office after Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim rejected her offer to quit all state posts although this had exposed the PKR-led Selangor government to attacks from political rivals.

Khalid’s office said it will probe into the matter before taking the next action and warned against using the issue to tarnish the state government’s image.

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