Media man remanded for allegedly offering to ‘settle’ VIP’s case

azam-baki-sprmPETALING JAYA: A 54-year old media practitioner, suspected of soliciting and accepting a bribe from a VIP, has been remanded for six days, Utusan Malaysia reported today.

The Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court today allowed for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to detain the suspect until June 5 for further investigation over the allegation that he solicited RM70,000 from the VIP, claiming he could help “close the MACC’s file on the VIP’s case”.

According to Utusan, the suspect, who is an assistant manager with an English-language daily, was planning to tell the VIP that he was able to resolve the latter’s case currently being investigated by the anti-graft body as he had contacts within MACC.

The VIP was also arrested by MACC officers at a hotel last night with RM20,000 cash in his possession.

MACC deputy director (operations) Azam Baki said they viewed the matter seriously.

“This is not the first time such an incident occurred. In the past we have taken action against these individuals for using MACC’s name to solicit bribes as it tarnished MACC’s reputation,” Azam said in a statement released by MACC today.

However, there was no mention on the case against the VIP and if he had been charged.