Graft sus­pects’ RM23m bank ac­counts frozen

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

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.

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