Remand on 3 Land and Mines officers extended
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