MACC arrests minister’s aide in RM40m graft case

Dzulkifli-Ahmad-minister-aide-was-arrested-by-the-Malaysian-Anti-Corruption-Commission-1BUTTERWORTH: A minister’s aide was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya today after he had given a statement over alleged misappropriation of RM40 million from the Skills Development Fund Corporation or PTPK.

“This afternoon, we arrested a political secretary of a minister.

“Our investigation continues and we will keep you posted,” MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad told reporters in Kepala Batas.

The man, who is believed to be a member of the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), a Barisan Nasional component, was arrested under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act.

The 61-year-old man, with a “Datuk” title, has been serving as the minister’s political secretary since June 2013.

He is the fifth suspect nabbed by MACC following the arrest of four individuals who are with PTPK.

On Sept 13, the CEO of PTPK as well as its secretary, finance assistant officer and a company director, were detained by MACC over the same case.

They were alleged to have misappropriated RM40 million from funds meant to have been used to train the jobless since 2016.

It was previously reported by Bernama that funds which were meant to be used by PTPK had been misappropriated.

According to Dzulkifli, the anti-graft agency did not rule out the possibility of more arrests in relation to this case.

MACC said the political secretary to the minister, who is from Sarawak, will be brought to the Putrajaya court tomorrow to seek a remand order to facilitate investigations.