MELAKA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission arrested a former Melaka Education Trust Fund (TAPEM) clerical assistant on suspicion of unlawfully siphoning off student scholarship money.
The 31-year-old was detained at his home at Felda Menggong, Alor Gajah at 7.15pm on Thursday and was produced at the magistrate court here on Friday morning (Jan 11).
Magistrate Analia Kamaruuddin ordered a four-day remand on the suspect to enable the graft-busters to continue investigation under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009.
The MACC is probing the suspect for alleged misappropriation of scholarship totalling RM35,400 that were kept aside by TAPEM to help students of a religious school here further their studies.
The suspect is believed to have been deposited the amount into his personal bank account
It is also learnt that the MACC preliminary probe also discovered that the suspect had allegedly siphoned close to RM2.5mil fund allocated as scholarships to students from 77 schools here since in earlier transactions.
Melaka MACC director Awgkok Ahmad Taufik Putra Ismail confirmed the arrest when contacted.