MACC WIDENS DRAGNET
Agency confident of more arrests in the next few days
A 12TH SUSPECT HAS BEEN DETAINED OVER THE PENANG ZAKAT SCANDAL, WITH MORE ARRESTS EXPECTED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS SAY MISUSING MONEY MEANT FOR THE
POOR IS UN-ISLAMIC
TWO, INCLUDING A TNB PROJECT CHIEF, ARE DETAINED IN PUTRAJAYA FOR ALLEGED CORRUPTION INVOLVING A RENOVATION PROJECT
IN ALOR STAR, TWO CONTRACTORS, ONE WITH A DATUK TITLE, ARE REMANDED OVER RM20 MILLION GRAFT PAID TO IMMIGRATION OFFICERS
MORE arrests can be expected into the Penang Zakat bribery scandal as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested a contractor, the 12th suspect, for investigations.
The 42-year-old woman was arrested after she gave her statement at the state MACC headquarters here on Tuesday night.
She was remanded for six days to facilitate investigations yesterday.
On Tuesday, the Penang Zakat chief executive officer, three other officials and seven contractors were remanded for a week for investigations into claims that bribes were paid for projects approved by the tithe management body.
State MACC director Datuk Abdul Aziz Aban yesterday said more contractors and suppliers are being sought to shed more light into the case.
“We are confident that there will be more arrests the next few days,” he said.
“Our investigations began in December last year following complaints from the public.
“We are looking into the money trail,” he said, adding that the scandal was “big”.
MACC nabbed the 50-year-old chief executive officer, a Datuk, and the three officials aged between 35 and 40 in a swoop codenamed Op Miskin.
This was followed by the arrest of the seven contractors, aged between 41 and 52, on the same day.
All of them are being investigated under the MACC Act 2009.
Initial investigations into the case by MACC indicated that the Penang Zakat officials had received valuable items and money from several contractors.
Most of the inducements to the officials were for approving projects or work related to the Penang Zakat community development programmes.
Investigations are also being carried out on a claim related to the approval of scholarships by Penang Zakat to the child of the chief executive officer.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers escorting the Penang Zakat chief executive officer and three officials to the magistrate’s court in George Town on Tuesday.