Nabbed over power abuse

> RM2.5 mil­lion of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor’s bank ac­counts frozen by MACC


KUALA LUMPUR: The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of a govern­ment-linked com­pany (GLC) was ar­rested yes­ter­day by the Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) for al­leged power abuse and tak­ing bribes in­volv­ing tens of mil­lions of ring­git from busi­ness­men he had awarded build­ing con­tracts to.

The 56-year-old sus­pect was ar­rested by an MACC team at his house in Serem­ban at 9.35am yes­ter­day.

The team seized RM30,000, two cars namely an Audi TT and a Toyota Hilux, and a Har­leyDavid­son mo­tor­cy­cle dur­ing the raid.

Sources said the MACC also froze RM2.5 mil­lion, be­lieved to be ill-got­ten, in sev­eral bank ac­counts be­long­ing to the sus­pect, his wife and chil­dren. The sus­pect and his fam­ily mem­bers also own nine houses in Pu­tra­jaya, Cy­ber­jaya and Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan – all of which were paid in cash.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also learnt that the man had dis­missed about 20 of his sub­or­di­nates who had de­clined to be in ca­hoots with his crooked ways since he as­sumed the post of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the GLC in 2010.

“We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ex­act amount of bribes he re­ceived over the years. We will seek a re­mand or­der on the sus­pect to­day (Fri­day),” said the source.

MACC deputy chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Azam Baki who con­firmed the ar­rest, said sev­eral oth­ers in high po­si­tions who had com­mit­ted sim­i­lar of­fences are also ex­pected to be de­tained in con­nec­tion with the case.

“The sus­pect had abused his pow­ers for his own gains and ru­ined the ca­reers and earn­ings of oth­ers too. It is de­spi­ca­ble when one prac­tises cor­rup­tion to the ex­tent of sidelin­ing those who are try­ing to make an hon­est liv­ing,” he said.

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