MACC picks up former municipal chief over alleged graft and abuse of power

Feb 14, 2017
MACC director of investigations Simi Abd Ghani (pic) confirmed the arrest and said they were now tracking down several others to assist in the probe.
MACC director of investigations Simi Abd Ghani (pic) confirmed the arrest and said they were now tracking down several others to assist in the probe.

An ex-municipal council president with a title of ‘Datuk’ is the latest suspect to be picked up by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers over alleged corruption and abuse of power.

The 63-year-old former president of a municipal council in Negeri Sembilan was detained at his house in Seremban on Feb 13.

Five contractors, aged between 40 and 53, who have been awarded several projects under the municipal council and district office by the suspect in exchange for kickbacks were also arrested.

The alleged corrupt practices were believed to have been committed between September 2009 and August 2016.

MACC director of investigations Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the arrest and said they were now tracking down several others to assist in the investigation.

“We have seized a stack of documents from the suspects,” he said.

It is learnt a Toyota Camry was also given to him as a gift for his personal use when he was still serving in the council.

The MACC officers found no record of the purchase and suspected it was obtained through corruption.

Besides helming the council, the former civil servant was also a former district officer.

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