GEORGE TOWN: The remaining five Pusat Zakat Negeri Pulau Pinang (ZPP) officials arrested for alleged corruption and misappropriation of zakat funds have been released on bail.
Those freed yesterday were a high-ranking Datuk and a department head on RM20,000 bail in one surety each and three ZPP officers on RM10,000 bail in one surety each.
They pulled up their orange Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lock-up T-shirts to shield their faces from press photographers when they arrived at the magistrate’s court at 11.05am prior to their release.
They were among 15 people nabbed by the MACC on May 9 and May 15. The others were released on bail of RM5,000 or RM10,000 each earlier.
The commission arrested the 50-year-old Datuk, two ZPP department heads, an employee and eight contractors on May 9, and three ZPP officers on May 15.
Four suspects were released on May 13, three on May 14 and another three on May 15.
It was reported that the Datuk was arrested on suspicion of accepting valuable items, cash and cheques from several companies and suppliers as inducements to award certain projects related to the state zakat community development programmes.