Zakat Pe­nang to de­cide on fate of 2 of­fi­cers linked to graft case

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The fate of two of the four Zakat Pe­nang of­fi­cers al­legedly linked to a graft con­spir­acy re­mains un­de­ter­mined.

This was after the two, with another two from the agency, were re­leased on bail two days ago.

Zakat Pe­nang chair­man Datuk Mohd Salleh Man, when asked if the two would re­sume their du­ties after they were re­leased, said a meet­ing would be held soon to de­cide on the mat­ter.

Salleh had said the ar­rested of­fi­cers would be sus­pended only when they were charged.

The four of­fi­cers, aged be­tween 30 and 50, and the other eight con­trac­tors, aged be­tween 41 and 52, were ar­rested by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) last week in con­nec­tion with a graft case.

The of­fi­cers had al­legedly re­ceived valu­able items, che­ques, and cash from the con­trac­tors as in­cen­tives to give them projects or work-re­lated pro­grammes.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Zakat Pe­nang had al­legedly given ed­u­ca­tion aid and schol­ar­ships to his child with­out go­ing through the Pe­nang Is­lamic Af­fairs Depart­ment.

A MACC spokesman said four of the eight con­trac­tors were re­leased on Satur­day with RM5,000 MACC bond each, while the two Zakat Pe­nang of­fi­cers were re­leased on RM10,000 MACC bond yes­ter­day. He said the re­main­ing de­tainees could be re­leased on bail to­day.

In Pu­tra­jaya, a Te­naga Na­sional Ber­had project man­ager and a ren­o­va­tion con­trac­tor, who were re­manded for five days by MACC to facil­itate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged cor­rup­tion, were re­leased on bail yes­ter­day.

Mag­is­trate Nik Is­fa­hanie Tas­nim Wan Ab Rah­man al­lowed the sus­pects to be re­leased on bail of RM20,000 with one surety each at the mag­is­trate’s court here.

The project man­ager had al­legedly ac­cepted bribes from the con­trac­tor for a ren­o­va­tion project in Kuala Lumpur in 2014. He had al­legedly ac­cepted a BMW 5 Se­ries car in ex­change for the project.

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