MACC nabs another ‘Tan Sri’ in graft dragnet


PETALING JAYA: A “Tan Sri” was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Johor today over suspected fraud.

The suspect, aged 63 and a contractor for the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), was arrested at his home this morning.

According to The Star Online, he is alleged to have submitted to the DID fraudulent claims related to the supply of geotubes for river restoration works performed via dredging and excavation.

MACC deputy commissioner of operations Azam Baki confirmed the arrest that occurred a week after another “Datuk” was caught for corruption up north.

The 70-year-old businessman, said to hold several directorships in federal and state-linked companies, was arrested in Penang by the MACC for allegedly using his position as a director of a foundation there to obtain gratification amounting to millions of ringgit.

In January, the acting CEO of a government-linked company with the “Datuk” title was arrested, along with the sales manager of the same company, for corruption and abuse of power, in Kuala Lumpur.

They had allegedly solicited bribes from a private firm based overseas while working on the e-passport project.

Earlier the same month, rural and regional development ministry secretary-general and his two sons were arrested by the MACC for suspected corruption. Cash and gold bars worth millions of ringgit were seized from the house.