2 contractors remanded for 7 days
ALOR STAR: Two contractors, one with a Datuk title, were remanded for a week to facilitate investigations into RM20 million in bribes paid to obtain expatriate passes from the Immigration Department in Padang Besar, Perlis.
The remand against the 53year-old Datuk and the 37-yearold contractor was granted by the magistrate’s court here yesterday.
It is learnt that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested the Datuk at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport about 11pm on Tuesday, less than two hours after they picked up the other contractor at his home in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Kedah MACC director Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mohamad confirmed the arrests.
On Tuesday, MACC was granted a week-long remand order against two Immigration officers and two contractors to facilitate investigations into the RM20 million in bribes said to be inducement for the approval of expatriate passes to bring skilled and professional workers into the country.
The two officers were attached to the Padang Besar Immigration office.
It was reported that over a year, the senior officer was alleged to have accumulated more than RM20 milion.
Following the arrest, anti-graft officers raided his house in Jitra and seized four luxury cars, a high-powered motorcycle, luxury bags and watches worth more than RM1.5 million.
Fauzi said MACC also froze RM1 million found in a fixed deposit account believed to be linked to the contractor.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers escorting the two contractors to the magistrate’s court in Alor