Seized land grants val­ued at RM30m

> Ti­tles in Sabah were for hous­ing, agri­cul­ture and busi­nesses: MACC source

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ASH­WIN KU­MAR

PETALING JAYA: The 127 land grants seized from the two Sabah Wa­ter De­part­ment of­fi­cials are es­ti­mated to be worth about RM30 mil­lion.

“Among the grants con­fis­cated were for land ap­proved for hous­ing, agri­cul­ture as well as busi­nesses in sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Sabah,” a source told theSun.

The source added some 40 wit­nesses have been ques­tioned by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) in con­nec­tion with the wa­ter projects al­legedly ten­dered out to fam­ily-linked com­pa­nies.

The source fur­ther re­vealed that MACC also re­ceived in­for­ma­tion on sev­eral bank ac­counts be­long­ing to the two sus­pects in three coun­tries and found that more than RM30 mil­lion had been trans­ferred into those ac­counts.

“Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the di­rec­tor had trans­ferred RM1 mil­lion to an ac­count abroad while the re­main­ing funds were in the deputy di­rec­tor’s ac­count,” he said.

The duo’s one-week re­mand or­der ends to­day and they are ex­pected to be brought to court for an ex­ten­sion of the re­mand.

MACC deputy chief com­mis­sioner (op­er­a­tions) Datuk Azam Baki con­firmed the lat­est de­vel­op­ment but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

MACC had seized RM53.7 mil­lion in cash from the houses and of­fices of the de­part­ment di­rec­tor, who was ar­rested with his deputy on Oct 4.

The 127 land grants were among the items seized that in­cluded an ar­ray of gold and pre­cious stones jew­ellery, cars, hand­bags and lux­ury watches be­lieved to be have been pur­chased with the ill-got­ten money.

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