Duo to be charged to­day

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: A project di­rec­tor and project man­ager of a pri­vate com­pany, who al­legedly ripped off RM8.8 mil­lion by sub­mit­ting false claims for pipe main­te­nance works for Petronas, will be charged to­day.

The duo, aged 48 and 61, had al­legedly sub­mit­ted a fake in­voice dur­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project in 2011.

A source in the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) said sus­pects had sub­mit­ted an in­voice amount­ing to RM14 mil­lion to Petronas when the project was worth only RM5 mil­lion. but now that the reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod has been ex­tended, we are ex­pect­ing more to sign up for the event.”

The event is or­gan­ised by the NST, in part­ner­ship with Eco World De­vel­op­ment Group Bhd and co-spon­sored by Bank Rakyat and Volk­swa­gen.

It will see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of cy­clists from China, South Africa, Nor­way, the United King­dom, In­done­sia, Brunei, Sin­ga­pore and Ger­many.

Two routes are of­fered — a 160km cen­tury ride and 35km Fun Ride. Both will be flagged off from Eco Grandeur (sales gallery) at Per­siaran Mokhtar Da­hari, Ban­dar Pun­cak Alam to Pun­cak Alam–Sim­pang Tiga, Jeram to Kuala Se­lan­gor–Batu Arang and back.

Those keen to com­pete in the four cat­e­gories un­der the 160km ride — men’s open (18 to 35 years old), women’s open (15 and above), se­nior men’s open (36 and above) and team open (with a min­i­mum of five cy­clists).

The par­tic­i­pa­tion fee is RM160. The 35km Fun Ride is open to se­nior man­age­ment of cor­po­ra­tions (by in­vi­ta­tion only), with a RM50 fee.

To reg­is­ter, con­tact 03-4142 1333 (Reg­is­tra­tion/Sports360) or visit www.sports360.my or www.nst.com.my/c-cy­cle.

The duo are ex­pected to be charged un­der Sec­tion 16(a)(A) un­der the MACC Act 2009, which is pun­ish­able by up to 20 years’ im­pris­on­ment and a fine of at least the sum of grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

It is learnt MACC is in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the duo had re­ceived projects from other gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies and whether they might have com­mit­ted the same of­fence. MACC’s crack­down on graft is on­go­ing, with ac­tion against pri­vate com­pa­nies in­volved in graft, which re­sulted in gov­ern­ment’s losses, ex­pected to con­tinue.

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