MACC arrest of senior official came after Petronas internal probe

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017

PETALING JAYA: It was an internal investigation into a Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) senior official that revealed suspicions of graft, which led to his arrest by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The senior official and two others were arrested on Tuesday over suspected graft involving RM23.7mil.

Petronas confirmed the arrests in a media statement on Wednesday, saying that it had reported the case to the MACC following its internal investigation into the employee.

The oil and gas company also said it had assisted MACC investigators prior to the arrests.

“Petronas does not condone nor tolerate any form of misconduct among its employees and contractors, and is extending its fullest cooperation to MACC to further assist in its investigation if necessary,” it said.

“Petronas has since 2012 been working closely with the MACC to curb and prevent corruption and misconduct, not just among employees within its group of companies, but also among contractors and third-party service providers,” it said.

The PCSB senior official, a director of another company, and a former PCSB technical assistant have been remanded for six days until Sept 11.

The trio, aged 45, 53 and 28 respectively, were arrested at separate locations on Tuesday.

They are believed to have collaborated in submitting three falsified invoices amounting to US$5.6mil (RM23.7mil) between April and June 2015.

The invoices were inflated amounts for a drilling rig project but no work was ever carried out.

However, PCSB had made full payment to the company.