The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is zooming in on 10 plots land obtained by Mohd Arif Ab Rahman while he was with the Selangor state government, reported The Star Online.
The news portal quoted sources saying that the MACC would analyse the files on “transactions involving the properties, some of which involve commercial land, in order to determine how and when the secretary-general of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry bought them”.
The source also said they believed the land was obtained when Mohd Arif was Subang Jaya Municipal Council president in 2005 and Selangor financial officer in 2007.
It was also reported that the MACC would also look into projects during the time Mohd Arif was Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry secretary-general to ascertain if they were given out in exchange for favours.
“The sources said records showed the suspect conducted all his dealings using only two methods – cash and gold bars – adding that the family also trades in gold bars, raking in hefty profits over the years,” reported the portal.
While it is learnt that the family would normally pay for airfares using their own money when going on overseas holidays, checks are also being done to see whether other parties sponsored other expenses upon their arrival.
Stacks of documents have been seized in relation to the probe.
Mohd Arif was arrested at his Subang Jaya home on Wednesday by the MACC while his two sons were detained at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya after they were called in for questioning.
A 12-hour search of Mohd Arif’s house resulted in the discovery of gold bars, 150 luxury handbags, branded watches and foreign currencies.