AR­RESTED: 4 WHO POSED AS MACC OF­FI­CERS AND SOLICITED RM2m BRIBE

New Straits Times - - FRONT PAGE -

KUALA LUMPUR: Graft-busters have ar­rested four men, who posed as Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) of­fi­cers, for al­legedly so­lic­it­ing a RM2 mil­lion bribe from a “Datuk Seri”.

It is un­der­stood that the “Datuk Seri” is a mem­ber of par­lia­ment, who had al­legedly en­joyed com­mis­sions from govern­ment pro­jects worth bil­lions of ring­git un­der the pre­vi­ous Barisan Na­sional regime, as re­ported in the New Straits Times’ front-page re­port on Fri­day.

Sources fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said three of the sus­pects, aged be­tween 33 and 49, were picked up at a golf club in Sun­gai Bu­loh near here at 3pm on Fri­day.

“The fourth sus­pect, aged 37, was ar­rested at his home in Wangsa Maju at 8.15pm,” a source told the New Sun­day Times.

Seven mo­bile phones, doc­u­ments and RM48,350 in cash were seized.

“The sus­pects’ al­leged crime came to light fol­low­ing a re­port lodged by the vic­tim,” a source said.

All four sus­pects have been re­manded for six days un­til Thurs­day to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

MACC Deputy Chief Com­mis­sioner (op­er­a­tions) Datuk Seri Azam Baki con­firmed the ar­rests.

The case, he said, was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 16(a)(B) of the MACC Act 2009 for so­lic­it­ing a bribe, which car­ries a max­i­mum jail term of 20 years and a fine of RM10,000, or five times the value of the bribe, which­ever is higher, upon con­vic­tion.

NST re­ported that MACC was zoom­ing in on the Datuk Seri’s al­leged in­volve­ment as a mid­dle­man in pro­jects val­ued at more than RM3 bil­lion car­ried out by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment.

Sources said graft-busters were look­ing into 10 pro­jects un­der the Fi­nance Min­istry.

The mem­ber of par­lia­ment, the sources said, en­joyed be­tween eight and 10 per cent com­mis­sion on the value of each project and made mil­lions of ring­git from un­der­handed deals.

“There are cor­rupt el­e­ments sur­round­ing th­ese pro­jects. Some are be­lieved to be listed in the in­fa­mous ‘MoF Red Files’.”

PIC BY AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

The four sus­pects be­ing led to the mag­is­trate’s court in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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