MACC TO AR­REST BUY­ERS IN LAND SALE

Their state­ments will be cru­cial points in build­ing the case, says source

New Straits Times - - News - MO­HAMED BASYIR GE­ORGE TOWN news@nst.com.my

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.

PIC BY DANIAL SAAD

The ‘Datuk’ busi­ness­man ar­riv­ing at the Pe­nang mag­is­trate’s court yes­ter­day.

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