The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained six men, including the son and a special officer to a Johor government official early yesterday, for alleged involvement in a corruption scandal involving real estate in the state.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Azam Baki said the six suspects, aged between 25 and 50, were arrested at various locations in simultaneous raids which began at 8.30am.
“Those detained are the son and special officer to a Johor state government official, two developers, a lawyer and a civilian who are believed to be involved in the scandal,” he said in a statement today.
A total of 45 bank accounts belonging to the suspects, with the sum amounting to about RM15.5 million have been frozen to facilitate the investigation.
In addition, 21 luxury cars, five high-powered motorcycles, cash of about RM500,000 including foreign currencies, and documents which could help in the investigation, were also seized, Azam said.
He said from the initial investigation, all the suspects were believed to have been involved in lowering the premium of land which had been approved for housing and industrial projects, as well as in converting the status of various premises in Johor.
“Their activities are believed to have resulted in the loss of millions of ringgit in revenue to the state,” he said.
He added that the MACC was in the process of studying all the confiscated documents related to corruption involving real estate in the state.
Azam said the MACC would be calling in several other witnesses to help in the investigation.
Assistant registrar of the Johor Baru Magistrate’s Court, Noor Hidayah Abdul Manaf allowed all the suspects to be remanded for seven days from today to assist in the investigation.
The case is being investigated under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009 which allows for a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of RM10,000 or five times the amount of bribe, whichever is higher, if found guilty. –Bernama