MACC ‘aggressively investigating’ equipment supply for military vehicles

The owner of a company which supplies equipment for armoured military vehicles is brought to the Magistrate’s Court in Putrajaya for remand. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) says it is “aggressively investigating” recent revelations surrounding the supply of equipment for the army’s armoured combat vehicles.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki said the case is still in early stages but that many witnesses would be called to give their statements on the matter.

“I can’t give the exact number, but we are now aggressively investigating the case,” he told reporters after the closing ceremony of the anti-corruption training for MACC’s Thailand counterpart’s office at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy here today.

Government-linked conglomerate DRB-Hicom recently confirmed a report about an MACC investigation into its subsidiary, Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DefTech).

According to the report, MACC arrested a 45-year-old CEO on May 12, along with a female chief financial officer (CFO) aged 53 for suspected corruption in a project worth RM17 million to supply equipment for military vehicles.

Both individuals are suspected of receiving bribes amounting to hundreds of thousands from several companies for the supply of equipment for the Deftech AV8 Gempita and ACV-300 Adnan armoured combat vehicles between 2014 and 2017.

The Gempita is an eight-wheeled armoured vehicle and the Adnan, a tracked armoured vehicle. They are based on a Turkish design and produced by DefTech in Pekan, Pahang.

The Malaysian army has 267 Adnan ACV-300s and 257 AV8 Gempita vehicles in service.

MACC also seized several luxury handbags and foreign currencies at the CFO’s house.

Azam was previously reported as saying that about RM100,000 in cash had been seized as part of the investigation, as well as documents related to the project.

The CEO was released today while the CFO was released on May 16.

The case is being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act.

Bernama reported yesterday that a third suspect with a “Datuk Seri” title had been remanded for four days over the probe.

The suspect, who is the owner of the company which supplies equipment for armoured military vehicles, was arrested at 11pm on Sunday after he came to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to give his statement.