MACC TO ARREST BUYERS IN LAND SALE
Their statements will be crucial points in building the case, says source
THE Malaysian AntiCorruption Commission (MACC) is expected to make more arrests in the case of selling parcels of land below market price allegedly involving a prominent Datuk businessman in the state.
Sources told the News Straits Times that MACC would also detain the land buyers soon to assist in investigations.
“By now, they (the buyers) should have been notified that they need to have their statements taken. So, it is either they turn up at the MACC’s office like the 70-year-old Datuk, or they will be brought in. Their statements will be crucial points in the case,” the source said.
He said the businessman was alleged to have used his position as trustee of a local foundation to sell the parcels of land to companies connected to him.
The sale of the land belonging to a company owned by the local foundation were said to involve millions of ringgit.
The source also said the businessman had allegedly sold the land without going through proper procedures set by the company, resulting in the company suffering huge losses over the past few years.
“For every successful purchase, he would receive at least one per cent of the market value of the land as bribe.”
Documents from the businessman’s office were seized by the MACC recently.
The businessman had appeared at the Penang MACC office at 8.45pm on Wednesday to give his statement. But later, he was detained by the commission.
He was brought to court yesterday, where magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid granted MACC a five-day remand.
The case is being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for abuse of power or position for gratification.
State MACC director Datuk Abd Aziz Aban could not be reached for comments.
The ‘Datuk’ businessman arriving at the Penang magistrate’s court yesterday.