Three senior officials remanded over alleged graft

MACC,-corruption,-senior-government-officer,-TNB,-DBKL,,-money-laundering,PUTRAJAYA: Three senior officials have been produced in the magistrate’s courts here, Malacca and Kelantan by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to apply for remand to facilitate investigations into allegations of corruption and money laundering against them.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab. Rahman today allowed the application by the MACC to remand a 54-year-old senior officer with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), who is a ‘Datuk Seri’, until Aug 22.

Lawyer Azizzul Shariman Mat Yusoff, representing the 54-year-old man, told reporters here that his client was being investigated under Sections 17(a) and 23 of the MACC Act 2009 over alleged corruption, and also under the Anti-Money Laundering, Ant-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

He said his client was arrested at his office in the DBKL building, Kuala Lumpur, at 3.07pm yesterday.

In the Malacca magistrate’s court, Assistant Registrar Syarina Shaarani @ Tan issued a remand order for seven days on a 56-year-old senior officer with a government department in the state to assist in the investigation into a corruption case.

The investigation is being conducted by MACC under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 for alleged soliciting for bribes.

Earlier, the suspect, who is a ‘Datuk’, wearing an orange T-shirt with the words ‘Lokap SPRM’ (MACC Lock-Up) on it, arrived at the Malacca Court Complex in Ayer Keroh accompanied by MACC officers.

Meanwhile in Kota Bharu, magistrate Ahmad ‘Adha ‘Amir Yaseer Amri issued a seven-day remand order on a senior officer with Tenaga Nasional Berhad to assist investigation into two alleged cases of corruption.

The 47-year-old suspect is being investigated under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 for allegedly soliciting for and receiving a bribe, and under Section 23 of the same Act for allegedly using his post or position to obtain a bribe.

Yesterday, MACC Director of Investigation Azam Baki reportedly said three public servants, including one who is a ‘Datuk’ and another a ‘Datuk Seri’, were arrested over allegations of corruption, abuse of power and money laundering.