Two senior government officers among four remanded for graft

Oct 5, 2016
A suspect being taken away by MACC investigators at Kota Kinabalu court house.
A suspect being taken away at Kota Kinabalu court house.

Four men, including two senior government officers, were remanded seven days over a RM3.3 billion corruption probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah today.

Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie issued the remand order on the men – state water department director Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, 54, his deputy Teo Chee Kong, 51, and his businessman brother, 55, who is a ‘Datuk’, and his accountant, 50, until next Tuesday, following an application by the MACC.

The four men, who included a relative of the deputy director as well as an accountant, arrived in the court premises handcuffed and were brought by MACC officers into Stephanie’s chambers.

One of them was clad in orange attire meant for MACC detainees.

Each of the suspects was also represented by counsels PJ Pereira, Chau Chin Tang, Roland Cheng and Peter Marajin.

MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Azam Baki is expected to hold a press conference soon to further elaborate on the arrests and seizures.

A report claimed that RM3 million in cash and seven luxury vehicles were seized from the safe of one of the officers during the MACC raid.

The MACC has frozen three bank accounts as part of investigations.

It’s learnt that the corruption case involved kickbacks worth RM3.3 billion received from several water-related projects in Sabah.