Four day remand for ex-Tourism M'sia official, CEO in 'Speedy Gonzales' deal

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 Jan 2019

PUTRAJAYA: A former top official of Tourism Malaysia and a chief executive officer of a private firm have been remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for four days over a RM99mil corruption case.

Magistrate Irza Zulaika Rohanuddin allowed the 64-year-old man, who has a Datuk title, and a 32-year-old woman CEO, to be remanded until Jan 12.

The two are being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act for abuse of power.

MACC officials brought the two in separate cars to the Putrajaya court complex at 9am on Wednesday (Jan 9).

The two were clad in the orange MACC lock-up garb and both covered their faces from the swarming press.

On Tuesday, MACC investigators arrested the Datuk, who is a prominent businessman, at 5.40pm after he arrived at the MACC headquarters for questioning.

The 32-year-old CEO was arrested earlier at 5.20pm.

The contract, which was allegedly inked in a day, infamously known as the "Speedy Gonzales" deal, was done about a month before the general election last year.

The contract was for the firm to act as a go-between for Tourism Malaysia and a China-based firm to promote Malaysia on social media.

The deal was said to be done against Tourism Malaysia's procurement regulations and concluded hastily without due diligence.

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