PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officer who was recently arrested for corruption was a “good officer”, who received two promotions in a year, reported the New Straits Times.
The report quoted Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as saying the man, a “Datuk Seri”, was promoted because he was dedicated to his job and was a good decision-maker.
“As far as I know, the officer was committed to his job and attentive. He moved up from Grade 54 to Special Grade C, and he is currently special Grade B because he is good and has potential.
“However, that is him at the workplace… what he does apart from his job, I do not know,” Tengku Adnan was quoted as saying.
Tengku Adnan then urged the public to allow MACC to investigate the matter further without jumping to conclusions and also advised the ministry and DBKL officers to stay away from graft and live within their means.
He conceded that there were times when the achievements of a City Hall officer invited jealousy from colleagues and contractors.
The City Hall suspect was one of three senior civil servants nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Monday for alleged graft, abuse of power and money laundering.
The other two suspects – with Datuk titles, were attached to the Malacca Public Works Department (JKR) and Kelantan Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), respectively.
Following the arrests, MACC seized luxury cars, froze bank accounts containing more than RM13 million, as well as RM400,000 in cash, which was among other valuables, stashed in the ceiling of one of the suspect’s house.
All three men are under remand for seven days starting yesterday.