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MACC detains Putatan Warisan leader over RM1.5 bil probe

 | October 19, 2017

Amarjit Singh, a 47-year-old engineer became the 10th individual to be arrested after giving his statement this afternoon.

sprm-warisan-sabahKOTA KINABALU: A 47-year-old civil engineer was nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with a graft probe involving RM1.5 billion worth of rural development projects in Sabah.

MACC confirmed that it had arrested Amarjit Singh at 2.45pm today, after he came to its office here to give a statement into the anti-graft agency’s ongoing probe.

Amarjit, who is Putatan Parti Warisan Sabah secretary, became the 10th person held by MACC to help in its investigation. He is said to be employed by GCU Consultants Sdn Bhd.

His was also the first of two arrests made today by MACC, with the second one being of his party president, Shafie Apdal.

Yesterday, Shafie’s younger brother, Lahad Datu assemblyman Yusof Apdal was arrested and remanded for four days, while another brother Hamid Apdal was released earlier today after being held nine days in remand.

Other than the individuals, MACC is also investigating 72 companies in Sabah.

The MACC’s probe into the alleged siphoning of up to RM1.5 billion in federal funds meant for rural development projects in Sabah, began two weeks ago.

The projects were planned to be carried out between 2009 and 2015 – when Shafie was the minister — in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan.

Some RM170 million in bank accounts and assets of the companies involved in the projects were reported to have been frozen.

Opposition leaders have claimed the investigation was politically motivated to smear the image of Warisan ahead of the 14th general election but Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and MACC have denied this, saying the agency operated independently.

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