Johor govt employees quizzed by MACC
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