Sec-gen Mohd Arif, his two sons remanded in graft probe

Jan 5, 2017

MACC

Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general Arif Ab Rahman and his two sons have been remanded for seven days in a case involving abuse of power, corruption and money laundering, The Star Online reported.

The 59-year-old secretary-general and his sons, aged 29 and 34, arrived at the magistrate’s court here in separate cars at 9.40am on Thursday.

They were clad in orange coloured t-shirts bearing the words “LOKAP SPRM” and had their faces covered.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim W. Ab. Rahman allowed an application by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib for the three to be remanded for seven days.

On Wednesday, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki confirmed that the main suspect in the case as Mohd Arif.

Mohd Arif was nabbed at his home in USJ3, Subang Jaya, on Wednesday morning just as he was about to leave for work.

His two sons were arrested at the MACC headquarters here after they were called in for questioning Wednesday.

Officers who conducted a 12-hour search at Mohd Arif ‘s house found gold bars, 150 luxury handbags, branded watches and foreign currencies.

The gold bars and Australian and Euro currencies seized were estimated at RM3mil.

The designer handbags were from brands such as Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

Prices for some of these bags range from RM7,000 to RM100,000 each.