PETALING JAYA: A nephew of Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was among three people held over alleged involvement of illegal sand mining activities in the state.
Sources said the suspects were two company directors, aged 34 and 67, who were believed to be involved in the activity at a site in Kajang since 2014.
It is learnt that several bank accounts belonging to their companies with cash amounting to RM4mil have been frozen to assist in the probe.
A team of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers also detained a staff member of an advertising company, aged 41, during a sting operation at 10am on Wednesday (Nov 29).
“Initial investigation shows that both companies are said to have offered bribes to local enforcement officers to close one eye and not take any action.
“We believe that the suspects have raked in huge profits and increase the frequency of the illegal activity over the past few months,” said a source.
The MACC has seized several lorries laden with the illegal commodities during the operation.
Director of investigations Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani when contacted, confirmed the arrests of the three men.
Simi said all three would be held overnight and brought to the court for a remand on Thursday.
He said his officers carried out the raids after receiving a public tip-off on the illegal activity.