PKR polls: 2 men remanded 6 days over alleged money politics

MACC officers escorting the two men at the Alor Setar Magistrate’s Court today. (Bernama pic)

ALOR SETAR: Two PKR members have been remanded for six days to assist in investigations into alleged money politics in the nomination for a PKR branch leader in Kedah.

The remand order, which ends on Friday was granted by High Court deputy registrar Mohd Izham Ali, after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had applied for the remand order at the magistrate’s court here today.

The case is being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009 which deals with corruptly soliciting, receiving or agreeing to receive any gratification as an inducement or reward.

The remand of the two men follows an arrest made by the anti-graft body yesterday. It is learnt that the first suspect, 48, was detained at a restaurant in Alor Setar at about 12.20pm, while the second man, 46, was arrested at 3.25pm at the Pendang toll plaza.

According to a source, the two men are believed to have asked for RM20,000 from another man, as an inducement for his name, which has already been registered for the party polls, to be retained in the system, hence making him eligible to contest.

The source said this comes after the suspects had informed the man that his name, along with several others, will be dropped from the list of candidates. However, they apparently claimed that the name of the candidate could be maintained if he paid the money.

The arrest of the two suspects also saw MACC seizing RM10,000 from them.

Kedah MACC director Mohd Fauzi Mohamad had earlier confirmed the arrests of the two men.