Detained officials linked to 38 firms
> Companies used to secure multi-billion ringgit contracts
KOTA KINABALU: Two senior officials of the Sabah Water Department (SWD) who were arrested by the Malaysian AntiCorruption Commission (MACC) on Tuesday for allegedly taking bribes amounting to over RM115.5 million have links to 38 companies between them which were used to secure multi-billion ringgit work contracts.
The companies which were either registered under the names of the siblings or proxies of the SWD director and his deputy had apparently been granted building contracts amounting to a whopping RM3.3 billion since 2010.
MACC investigators discovered that 17 companies were linked to the 54-year-old director and the rest to his 51-year-old deputy.
Yesterday, the MACC also seized seven safe deposit boxes belonging to the wives of the suspects from several banks here and uncovered another RM3.3 million in cash and gems.
Sources said investigators believe the RM115.5m in cash, jewellery and other luxury merchandise seized from the suspects and their wives were just the tip of the iceberg as the probe also showed that there were funds the duo had allegedly transferred to overseas bank accounts.
The MACC, it is learnt, is attempting to recover the funds and is seeking assistance from its counterparts in countries the suspects had allegedly parked their ill-gotten gains. Investigators are also yet to carry out an evaluation on dozens of luxury watches and 127 plots of land owned by the suspects.
It is believed that it is possible that it would be double the current sum uncovered.
A special task force comprising 70 officers formed to investigate the case also discovered yesterday that 94 luxury handbags seized from the wife of a suspect were valued at RM500,000.
Apart from the director and his deputy, the MACC on Wednesday also arrested a 55-year-old businessman who is a Datuk and a brother of the former.
The Datuk’s 50-year-old accountant who allegedly managed the funds was also arrested.
Sources said the task force has recorded statements from six individuals to date and has identified another 40 witnesses who will be called up to assist in the investigations.
Contacted yesterday, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the latest findings by the special task force.
The Australians leaving the court after proceedings yesterday.
Our front page report yesterday.