MACC nabs two more over alleged SSM graft case


PUTRAJAYA: Two more individuals have been remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in relation to its RM30mil corruption probe involving the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).

Magistrate Saifullah Qamar Siddique Bhatti allowed the two, a 48-year-old senior officer in SSM and a 52-year-old director of a consultant firm, to be remanded for five days until March 26.

They are the fourth and fifth individuals to be apprehended over the case.

On Tuesday, another SSM senior officer and two directors from two IT companies were remanded for five days to allow the MACC to investigate them.

The three are expected to be released today.

Initial investigations revealed that the five had conspired with each other to obtain software certificate services without following regulations of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The 48-year-old senior SSM officer was arrested at 12.30pm at the MACC headquarters on Thursday after he was summoned to have his statement recorded.

The 52-year-old director was arrested at 11pm Thursday night.

Both of them were remanded at the Putrajaya court complex here at 9.30am yesterday.

Handcuffed and clad in the typical MACC orange lock-up garb, the two covered their faces with their shirts as they were escorted inside.

Meanwhile, 10 suspects in the Kuala Lumpur vice den protection racket case who were remanded for four days since Tuesday have been released from detention.

Magistrate Saifullah Qamar allowed seven of the suspects, who are civil servants, to be released on RM10,000 bail with one surety each.

Another three suspects were released on RM7,000 bail with one surety each.

The civil servants include a police station chief, two police officers, a Fire and Rescue Department official and three officers from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

MACC sources said the suspects allegedly accepted bribes from owners of the vice dens doubling as massage parlours in return for protection.

Six other suspects remain under MACC custody, including the owners of four premises whose remand expires today.

Another two suspects, who were arrested on Wednesday, have been remanded until March 25.

The MACC managed to apprehend the suspects following a three-month sting operation in Kuala Lumpur.


   

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