Fac­tory man­ager and di­rec­tor to be re­manded to­day

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TWO more peo­ple have been ar­rested by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) in its probe into an il­le­gal car­bon fil­ter fac­tory in Sun­gai Lembu here.

The duo are the fac­tory man­ager as well as the com­pany di­rec­tor.

The man­ager, 70, was de­tained at 6.05pm yes­ter­day while his 37year-old son was ar­rested at 6.25pm at the state MACC of­fice here.

Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, MACC ar­rested state En­vi­ron­ment, Wel­fare and Car­ing So­ci­ety Com­mit­tee chair­man Phee Boon Poh to as­sist in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the il­le­gal fac­tory.

He was ar­rested at 3.35pm as he was giv­ing his state­ment at the state MACC of­fice.

MACC of­fi­cers vis­ited his of­fice in Kom­tar and his house in But­ter­worth, where they carted away doc­u­ments.

The trio will be brought to the mag­is­trate’s court for re­mand to­day.

MACC deputy chief com­mis­sioner (op­er­a­tions) Datuk Azam Baki con­firmed the ar­rests.

On Thurs­day, MACC raided the fac­tory in Sun­gai Lembu, its of­fice, as well as the Li­cens­ing De­part­ment of the Se­berang Prai Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil.

The raid was car­ried out af­ter coun­cil’s al­leged in­ac­tion against the fac­tory de­spite nu­mer­ous com­plaints lodged with the au­thor­i­ties.

Mean­while, a can­dle­light vigil was held out­side the MACC of­fice at 9.30pm last night, fol­low­ing Phee’s ar­rest.

A “sol­i­dar­ity gath­er­ing” has also been or­gan­ised at the courts to­day.

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