More ar­rests soon in RM40m probe

> MACC to iden­tify oth­ers linked to de­tained for­mer CEO of GLC

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) ex­pects to nab sev­eral more se­nior of­fi­cials of com­pa­nies which had deal­ings with a for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) of a gov­ern­ment-linked com­pany (GLC) it ar­rested on Mon­day for cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing more than RM40 mil­lion.

Sources said MACC in­ves­ti­ga­tors are gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion from the 50-yearold ex-CEO, who is a Datuk, and hope to un­cover the iden­tity of oth­ers linked to the case in­volv­ing the award­ing of work con­tracts worth more than RM50 mil­lion.

Yes­ter­day, MACC froze an­other RM800,000 found in an­other bank ac­count be­long­ing to the sus­pect.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also seized ten lux­ury cars, that in­cluded an As­ton Martin and a Bent­ley, and five branded watches worth al­most RM4 mil­lion and RM200,000 re­spec­tively.

The ex-CEO’s brother and an­other a se­nior of­fi­cial, who were held on Tues­day, are also as­sist­ing in the probe.

The Datuk, who is cur­rently em­ployed as a di­rec­tor of an­other GLC, was de­tained at his house in Shah Alam on Mon­day af­ter be­ing mon­i­tored by MACC for sev­eral months.

Sources said MACC ex­pects more of the ex-CEO’s ill-got­ten gains to be un­cov­ered soon.

Last week, a 56-year-old man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of a con­struc­tion com­pany, also a GLC, was ar­rested by MACC in Serem­ban for power abuse and bribery in­volv­ing mil­lions of ring­git.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also learnt he and his fam­ily mem­bers owned nine prop­er­ties in Pu­tra­jaya, Cy­ber­jaya and Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan. The sus­pect re­mains in MACC cus­tody af­ter his re­mand or­der was ex­tended on Tues­day.

Mean­while, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Ali Hamsa has urged all em­ploy­ees of GLCs to ad­here strictly to the prin­ci­ples of in­tegrity in the per­for­mance of their du­ties.

“In­tegrity is the most im­por­tant el­e­ment of all, and it must be sup­ported by all civil ser­vants and GLC em­ploy­ees,” he said yes­ter­day.

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