MACC AR­RESTS THREE MORE PE­NANG ZA­KAT OF­FI­CERS

Court ex­tends re­mand or­der against agency’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

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GRAFT busters in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Pe­nang Za­kat case have ar­rested three more of the agency’s of­fi­cers. The sus­pects, aged be­tween 33 and 49, were rounded up at 4.30pm yes­ter­day.

State Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) di­rec­tor Datuk Abd Aziz Aban, in con­firm­ing the ar­rests, said aside from the trio, the com­mis­sion sum­moned a busi­ness­man and a con­trac­tor to have their state­ments taken.

Yes­ter­day, the mag­is­trate’s court granted a four-day ex­ten­sion re­mand or­der against the agency’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO).

Sources told the New Straits Times that the re­mand or­der was ex­tended to fa­cil­i­tate fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions that he had given ed­u­ca­tional aid and schol­ar­ships to his child.

“MACC needs more time to de­ter­mine the to­tal money (that was al­legedly) used by the CEO for his child’s ed­u­ca­tion, and how much is the other Pe­nang Za­kat of­fi­cer in­volved in this mat­ter,” the source said.

The source added that in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the con­trac­tors were al­most com­plete.

Mag­is­trate Mo­hamad Amin Sahul Hamid al­lowed the ap­pli­ca­tion by MACC to ex­tend the re­mand against the CEO and the other Pe­nang Za­kat of­fi­cer by four days af­ter their ini­tial seven-day re­mand or­der had ex­pired.

He, how­ever, re­leased three con­trac­tors re­manded for the same case on RM5,000 bail each.

On Satur­day, the MACC re­leased four con­trac­tors on bail while two Pe­nang Za­kat of­fi­cers and one con­trac­tor were re­leased on Sun­day.

They were picked up in their of­fices on May 9 for their al­leged in­volve­ment in the Pe­nang Za­kat graft scan­dal.

PIC BY MIKAIL ONG

A Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion of­fi­cer es­cort­ing two Pe­nang Za­kat of­fi­cers at the mag­is­trate’s court in George Town yes­ter­day.

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