Four senior PAIP officers remanded over water scandal

  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Jan 2019

KUANTAN (Bernama): Four senior officials of Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad (PAIP), including a top management officer, were remanded four days to help in investigations into a case involving abuse of power and corruption over a project worth RM23mil.

Also detained were three contractors who were believed to have monopolised the projects offered by PAIP by procuring them through direct dealings without going through the quotation process.

The detention order was issued by Assistant Registrar of Kuantan Lower Courts, Humaira KM Haider, following a request from Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Controller Muhammed Fiqrun Md Talip on Friday.

This was to help in the investigations under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009 for the offence of soliciting and receiving bribes.

The seven, aged between 30 and 60, had earlier arrived at the Kuantan Court Complex at 9.20am, wearing MACC lock-up clothes, with their hands handcuffed.

The top management officer who has the title "Datuk" was represented by counsel Datuk Syed Aziman Amir Syed Abu Bakar, while the others were not represented.

On Thursday (Jan 10), following an operation called "Ops Cuci", the MACC detained a PAIP top management official and three senior officials to help in the investigations of corruption and abuse of power involving the project.

The four senior officials were believed to have been in cahoots with the owners of several companies since 2014 to monopolise the water supply project in Pahang.

The Auditor-General's Report 2017 stated that PAIP suffered losses for three consecutive years with RM114.55mil till the end of the financial year on March 31, 2015, RM108.22mil (March 31, 2016) and RM103mil (March 31, 2017).

According to the report, this was due to inefficient and unsatisfactory management in PAIP. - Bernama