KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): A Terengganu state assemblyman with the title “Datuk” has been remanded for three days to help in investigations in connection to alleged false claims worth RM500,000 last year.
The remand order that begins Monday (Jan 21) was issued by Kuala Terengganu Magistrate/ Sessions Court senior assistant registrar Noradila Ab Latif.
The claims were allegedly submitted through the District and Land Office in a district in the state for expenses in 32 programmes to be held in the assemblyman's constituency but which were actually not conducted.
He is being investigated under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 for false claims last May.
If found guilty, he can be jailed up to 20 years and fined no less than five times the value of the claims or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
The detention of the 54-year-old state assemblyman comes after that of the chairman of a youth association on Jan 9, and a district officer on Jan 14. Both were detained in connection to alleged false claims.
The state assemblyman was called to the Terengganu MACC office at about 5pm Sunday (Jan 20) to give his statement into the case. – Bernama