House renovations: Senior Tabung Haji officer freed on bail

PUTRAJAYA: A senior Tabung Haji officer, who was remanded for four days to assist in a probe over alleged corruption through house renovations costing RM400,000, was released today after the remand period expired.

Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim granted an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to release on bail the 48-year-old suspect, who had been under remand since Wednesday.

The suspect, with a “Datuk” title, was released on MACC bail of RM10,000 in one surety and was ordered to surrender his passport to MACC.

The suspect arrived at the court here about 10am.

According to a source at MACC, the suspect had allegedly received gratification in the form of house renovations, costing RM400,000, in return for awarding a contractor a project to carry out the rebranding of TH branch offices costing RM15 million.

The suspect was called up by MACC on Tuesday and was detained that same night.

TH had, on Nov 30, lodged a police report over the misuse of TH’s money and for misrepresentation in a corporate deal.

The report was lodged against former TH chairman Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, its former chief executive officers Ismee Ismail and Johan Abdullah, as well as senior management officers.