KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Water Department director Ag Tahir Ag Talib was released Sunday after his 12-day remand over a corruption probe ended.
His counsel, PJ Pereira, said Tahir was released on a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bail of RM500,000 with two sureties at 1pm.
He was also ordered to report every month to the MACC.
Tahir was among four people arrested to facilitate investigations into alleged abuse of power and money laundering linked to contracts for RM3.3bil Federal-funded projects channelled to the department since 2010.
Also under remand is his deputy, Teo Chee Kong, Teo’s businessman brother and his brother’s accountant.
A fifth suspect was nabbed more than a week later.
Their remand ends Tuesday.
The MACC seized RM114mil worth of assets, including RM53.7mil in cash stashed in houses and office, from the two senior Sabah Water Department officials on Oct 4.
Six days later, MACC traced RM30mil stashed in foreign banks and another RM30mil in 127 land titles.
The Commission also seized nine vehicles worth RM2.7mil, jewellery worth RM3.64mil and designer handbags worth RM500,000.
On Oct 11, three Sabah Water Department employees “voluntarily” surrendered about RM1mil allegedly taken in the process of approving water projects under the RM3.3bil Federal allocations.