A government officer with a ‘Datuk’ title has been remanded for four days to assist Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its investigation into a corruption case involving local authority projects in Malacca.
The remand order effective today was issued by the Ayer Keroh magistrate’s court.
According to sources close to the investigation, the 55-year-old man was detained about 2pm on Monday.
The sources also said the suspect was believed to have asked for bribes for the projects that are linked to the local authorities.
“In addition, MACC had also frozen the suspect’s bank account with millions of ringgit.
“Following the arrest, MACC is expected to detain several other individuals in connection with this case soon,” the sources told Bernama.
Meanwhile, a Johor Land assistant officer was also detained by the MACC and remanded for six days from today till Dec 4.
MACC state director Simi Abdul Ghani told Bernama when contacted, that the suspect in his 50s was detained at the agency’s office around 2pm on Monday Nov 28.
“We are also in the process of studying the source of his assets,” he said.
He said the suspect is believed to have used his position to obtain land through land offices in other districts besides acquiring land via ownership transfer.
Simi said based on investigations, the suspect was found to own 16.75 acres of agricultural land, 68 acres of joint venture land, housing lot and luxury residences in a number of districts in the state.