Graft suspects’ RM23m bank accounts frozen
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian AntiCorruption Commission (MACC) yesterday froze over RM23 million found in the bank accounts of a local council official and a building contractor who were detained in Malacca on Monday for power abuse and corruption.
MACC sources said the senior official of a local council in Malacca who is a Datuk was remanded for four days from yesterday at the Ayer Keroh magistrate’s court.
It is learnt investigators froze RM11 million found in 22 bank accounts of the 55-year-old Datuk and his family members. Sources said MACC also froze another RM12 million in 24 bank accounts of the 70-year-old building contractor. The man was remanded for five days at the Putrajaya magistrate’s court yesterday.
Confirming the recovery of RM23 million from the suspects’ bank accounts, MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Azam Baki said investigations will be carried out to see if the funds are linked to corruption.
On Monday, MACC detained the Datuk for allegedly taking kickbacks from contracts and abusing his power in the award of contracts. Soon after, MACC summoned the contractor for questioning at its headquarters in Putrajaya before detaining him at 8.30pm.