The Sabah Water department corruption investigation has widened with the arrests of 19 district or divisional engineers during an operation on Wednesday, reported The Star Online.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators seized RM2.4mil from several of those detained at 27 locations around the state.
Those detained their statements will be recorded.
They also seized the department’s procurement files.
Investigators believe the divisional or district engineers were collecting 27% to 30% of the contract amounts as kickbacks.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki said that the arrests were part of Ops Air II.
It is learnt that the investigations were focused on the involvement of civil servants in receiving bribes and abuse of authority.
Azam urged all quarters not to politicize this matter and take advantage of the present investigations for their own particular interests.
He said the probe involved a large number of documents which MACC officers were going through in detail, and they needed time before submitting their investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor.
Azam added they are viewing the case seriously and assures everyone that their probe will be carried out transparently and professionally.