SWD direc­tor and deputy sus­pended

> No­tices is­sued to duo in­volved in na­tion’s big­gest graft scan­dal


PETALING JAYA: The direc­tor and deputy direc­tor of the Sabah Water Depart­ment (SWD) have been sus­pended from duty since the date of their ar­rest fol­low­ing their in­volve­ment in a multi-mil­lion ring­git graft scan­dal, the big­gest the na­tion has seen to date.

Sabah State Sec­re­tary Tan Sri Sukarti Waki­man con­firmed that no­tices of sus­pen­sion for both have been is­sued by the State Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

“The sus­pen­sion of the direc­tor and deputy direc­tor is ef­fec­tive Oct 5 and Oct 4 re­spec­tively, the dates when the sus­pects were ar­rested,” he said in a state­ment.

He said un­der the sus­pen­sion, both sus­pects were pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing SWD of­fices or the premises of any water depart­ment in Sabah.

“The sus­pects are also not al­lowed to leave the state dur­ing the pe­riod of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

They are also or­dered to re­port to the Sabah MACC ev­ery month.

The direc­tor and his deputy are al­leged to have taken kick­backs and be­ing en­gaged in money laun­der­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing fed­eral projects worth RM3.3 bil­lion.

It was re­ported ear­lier that the direc­tor had yet to re­ceive a sus­pen­sion or­der and as such, would re­turn to work af­ter he posted bail of RM500,000 in two sureties.

Mean­while, a for­mer SWD deputy direc­tor who was de­tained by MACC last week over the scan­dal was yes­ter­day re­leased on a RM500,000 bail.

The or­der for the re­lease of the Sabah Fi­nance Min­istry’s tech­ni­cal and en­gi­neer­ing ad­viser was made by mag­is­trate Stephanie Sher­ron Ab­bie fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by MACC.

The 62-year-old for­mer deputy direc­tor was ap­pointed an ad­viser at the min­istry fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment last year.

He was de­tained on Oct 14 and or­dered to be re­manded for six days to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the SWD graft case.

The re­mand or­der ex­pired yes­ter­day. – Ber­nama

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