PUTRAJAYA: Bank Rakyat chairman Jen (ret) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Haji Zainal has been remanded for seven days to help in the investigation into an alleged corruption case involving RM15mil.
Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman granted the request by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for the remand to run until Sept 5.
The 65-year-old is one of three people from the financial institution to be questioned over a multimillion-ringgit book publishing contract and a project to upgrade the bank’s system.
Nearly RM1mil of Abdul Aziz’s cash in his bank account has been frozen pending the probe.
It is learnt that two others from a publishing company have also been further remanded until Friday.
However, the bank’s managing director Datuk Mustafha Abd Razak and a former procurement officer, and another two owners of the publishing company have been released by MACC as investigations against them have been completed.
In the case, RM15mil was believed to have been awarded to the publishing company to come up with a coffee-table book about a prominent political figure.
The deal was for the publisher to print about 20,000 copies but the number produced was said to have been much lower.
In another case involving the alleged abuse of power over a multimillion-ringgit oil pipeline project, six people – five contractors and an officer from an oil-and-gas company – have had their remand extended until Friday.
Two others – a contractor and another officer from the same oil-and-gas company – were released.
Magistrate Nik Isfahanie also allowed for a 27-year-old man, who is the son of a contractor implicated in the case, to be remanded for five days until Saturday.
He was detained at the MACC headquarters when he showed up to give a statement at 5pm yesterday.
MACC has frozen 17 bank accounts, with deposits totalling RM5.5mil, in connection with the case.
It also seized a double-storey house, some jewellery, several luxury cars including four Rolls-Royce, a Ferrari, a Toyota, a Mercedes and a Volkswagen, as well as two motorcycles.
The managing director of the oil-and-gas company is alleged to have taken a bribe from a sub-contractor for appointing him and approving a falsified invoice for the RM76mil project.