MACC WIDENS DRAGNET

Agency con­fi­dent of more ar­rests in the next few days

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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.

PIC BY DANIAL SAAD

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.

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