Johor exco member arrested over land scandal

PETALING JAYA: Johor executive councillor Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi has been arrested over the controversial massive housing and land scandal in the state.  

Abdul Latif was detained at about 11am on Thursday at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Johor Baru when he was summoned there for questioning. 

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad confirmed the arrest at Menara Star here. 

He was here with a team of senior MACC officers for a courtesy visit as part of an engagement programme with the media.

Abdul Latif was the Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman and had opted to go on leave pending an investigation into the case.

Last week, the state exco member's son and his special officer were detained by the MACC in a swoop.

Abdul Latif had kept mum on the matter and had not been seen in public since then.  

About RM15mil in more than 45 accounts had been frozen as part of the probe.  

Also seized were 21 luxury cars and five high-powered motorcycles.

A lawyer, two developers and another suspect were also arrested in a series of raids that day.  

They were all released from remand.  

MACC has so far called in 15 people to have their statements recorded.