Ex-MIC Tan Sri nabbed for graft

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  • Thursday, 06 Apr 2017

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested another Tan Sri businessman for corruption.

The 63-year-old suspect, a former MIC vice-president, was detained for allegedly submitting fraudulent claims of nearly RM13mil to the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).

The claims were related to the supply of some 350 geotubes to carry out river restoration works for the DID.

The actual number of units supplied is said to be just 89 units costing only RM4mil.

The retired politician used to hold numerous party posts at state and division levels.

His family is said to be involved in the construction and transportation business.

“He is a prominent figure in the southern region,” sources said.

The Tan Sri is said to have carried out big river drainage projects, worth millions of ringgit, for at least two southern states.

Putrajaya sources described him as an “influential, wealthy and well-connected figure, although not a household name”.

They said despite his earlier involvement in politics, he had “kept a relatively low profile”.

The man was arrested at his home in Johor at 10.30am yesterday.

Also arrested were four officers from the DID – the director of the special projects division, two engineers and an assistant engineer.

The four are suspected of abetting the Tan Sri in the alleged fraud.

The suspects, one as young as 33 years, were arrested in Johor, Seremban and Putrajaya.

All of them are expected to be taken to the magistrate’s court in Putrajaya for remand proceedings today.

They are being investigated under Section 18 of the MACC Act, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years or five times the value of the alleged bribe amount.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki, when contacted, confirmed that the arrests have been made.

He did not rule out that there would be more arrests made soon.

In Malacca, R.S.N. MURALI reports that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the state government was unhappy with the deadline extension requested by the new contractor appointed to complete the beleaguered DID project.

“They claimed the materials used by their predecessor were sub-standard and that they needed time to replace them,” he told reporters at an event at SMK Munshi Abdullah.

Idris said the project was nearly 40% complete but most of the materials used by the earlier contractor did not follow specifications.

“I have directed the project to be completed as scheduled or we will terminate even the second contractor,” he said.

The RM130mil project involves the widening and extension work of the river by another 2.3km to enable the water taxis to stop and pick passengers from five new jetties.

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