Re­mand on 3 Land and Mines of­fi­cers ex­tended

New Straits Times - - News - By T.N. Alagesh and Nu­rul Fa­zleen

KUANTAN: The Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion has ze­roed in on the cul­prits al­legedly be­hind graft ac­tiv­i­ties linked to il­le­gal baux­ite min­ing in Pa­hang.

Yes­ter­day, only three state Land and Mines Of­fice (PTG) of­fi­cers, be­lieved to be part of a pro­tec­tion syn­di­cate in al­low­ing the il­le­gal-min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to take place dur­ing the mora­to­rium pe­riod, had their re­mand ex­tended.

Six oth­ers, who were re­manded with them last week, were re­leased on MACC bail.

Mag­is­trate Tengku Eliana Tuan Ka­maruza­man al­lowed the ap­pli­ca­tion by MACC deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry for the trio’s re­mand to be ex­tended un­til Mon­day. The trio, aged be­tween 35 and 55, were es­corted to a wait­ing ve­hi­cle out­side the Kuantan Courts Com­plex yes­ter­day.

It is learnt that MACC over the past week had ques­tioned the nine men be­fore de­cid­ing to re­mand only three, who al­legedly may hold key in­for­ma­tion on the ac­tiv­i­ties which had been go­ing on for months.

State MACC di­rec­tor Datuk Alias Salim de­clined to con­firm or deny if more ar­rests would be made.

Nine PTG of­fi­cers, aged be­tween 29 and 59, were rounded up on Aug 2 fol­low­ing a mas­sive crack­down by the MACC over al­leged ram­pant baux­ite min­ing in Pa­hang.

Datuk Alias Salim

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