GLC under probe for abuse of power

PETALING JAYA: Graft-busters are investigating a government-linked company over alleged abuse of power and corruption to the tune of about US$27.8mil.

A source said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) received a tip-off claiming that an officer of the company colluded with contractors to issue fake claims for ship maintenance work from 2010 to 2013 that was not done.

The source added that among the allegations being investigated was a claim for repair works to a ship for US$15.8mil in 2012 when the estimated cost was only US$7.9mil.

“There is also an allegation that there were losses of US$12mil from the ship maintenance work as the process to appoint the contractors did not comply with standard procedure.

“The investigating team has recorded statements from nine witnesses, including four senior officers of the company,” the source said, adding that several companies in Kuala Lumpur and Johor were also raided last Wednesday and related documents seized.

When contacted, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed that investigations were ongoing but declined to elaborate so as not to jeopardise the probe.

At the current exchange rate, the amount involved is about RM108.5mil.

In a separate case, the MACC arrested a 58-year-old engineer with a chemical production company and his 49-year-old wife for allegedly soliciting and receiving bribes amounting to RM361,000.

The money was allegedly from companies contracted to conduct test works on pipes installed at a project site at the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park in Sabah three years ago.

The man, who is the quality control and quality analysis manager of the project, is believed to have solicited the bribes as “payment” for appointing sub-contractors for the contracted companies.

A source said the money was paid into the man’s personal account and his wife’s company account.

The suspects were arrested at their home in Shah Alam yesterday.

MACC investigation director Datuk Simi Abd Ghani said two investigation papers have been opened with statements recorded from 12 individuals.

The couple will be produced in court in Putrajaya today for remand.

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