Official in Sabah graft probe released
PETALING JAYA: Sabah Water Department director Ag Tahir Ag Talib, who was arrested recently for alleged corruption, was released yesterday pending completion of the probe, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki.
The remand of four other suspects, including the department’s deputy director Teoh Chee Kong, will end tomorrow.
“It does not mean that he will be walking free or won’t be charged, it means that he is being released pending investigation. We are still in the midst of recording statements, sorting out documents and collecting evidence,” said an MACC source.
The director and his deputy are alleged to have taken kickbacks and being involved in money laundering from RM3.3 billion worth of federal projects which were disbursed to companies under their siblings’ names.
MACC had seized some RM53.7 million in cash from houses and offices of the department director and his deputy.