2 con­trac­tors re­manded for 7 days

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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.

PIC BY SHAHRIZAL MD NOOR

Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion of­fi­cers es­cort­ing the two con­trac­tors to the mag­is­trate’s court in Alor

Star yes­ter­day.

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