Four graft suspects, including the director and deputy director of Sabah Water Department (JAS), remand order was extended by another week until Oct 17 by the Kota Kinabalu Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The four – JAS director Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, 54, his deputy Teo Chee Kong, 51, were detained on Oct 4 while Teo’s businessman brother, 55, who is a ‘Datuk’, and his accountant, 50, were detained on Oct 5 in connection with a billion ringgit scandal involving JAS projects.
The remand extension was to facilitate MACC investigations into abuse of power involving an infrastructure project worth RM3.3 billion.
Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun granted five days extension to the director while the other three was granted seven days upon MACC’s application under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
They were brought to the court by MACC officers in four separate vehicles around 10am.
MACC deputy chief commissioner in charge of operations Azam Baki in a press conference recently revealed that the cash haul was the biggest in the agency’s history involving civil servants.
During the arrest, MACC has also seized RM114.5 million in cash, luxury vehicles, jewellery items, branded designer bags and land titles.
Quoting sources, Bernama reported that the 127 land titles seized included those for residential, agricultural and commercial land in several locations in Sabah estimated to be RM 30 million.
The case is being investigated under Section 18, Section 17(a) and Section 23 of the MACC Act; Section 132 of the Companies Act; and Section 165 of the Penal Code and Anti-Money Laundering Act.