Johor govt em­ploy­ees quizzed by MACC

New Straits Times - - News -

The Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) has widened its probe into the real es­tate cor­rup­tion scan­dal in Johor with the in­ter­ro­ga­tion of sev­eral state gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. A source told the New Straits

Times that em­ploy­ees of more than one state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil had been called up by MACC be­fore the scan­dal broke out.

“The em­ploy­ees were called up by MACC be­fore the real es­tate cor­rup­tion scan­dal sur­faced. Some had their state­ments recorded.”

The rev­e­la­tion fu­elled spec­u­la­tion that MACC would be mak­ing more ar­rests, in­clud­ing that of high-rank­ing of­fi­cials for their in­volve­ment in the case, which cost the state gov­ern­ment tens of mil­lions of ring­git in po­ten­tial rev­enue. State MACC di­rec­tor Datuk Azmi Alias re­mained tight-lipped when asked whether there would be more ar­rests.

“In two days, more dras­tic ac­tion will be taken,” he said af­ter launch­ing an oath-tak­ing cer­e­mony for Kluang Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil work­ers at an anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign at De­wan Tunku Ibrahim Is­mail here yes­ter­day.

Azmi said the com­mis­sion had been praised by the Johor palace and state gov­ern­ment for its in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the case.

He said this was con­veyed to him re­cently when he was granted an au­di­ence with the sul­tan of Johor.

It has been re­ported that seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing the son and spe­cial of­fi­cer of a state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­ber, were arested on Feb 24.

MACC has frozen RM15.5 mil­lion in 45 ac­counts and seized 21 lux­ury cars, five high-pow­ered mo­tor­cy­cles and RM500,000 in lo­cal and foreign cur­ren­cies in con­nec­tion with the case.

Datuk Azmi Alias

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