Nine, including five civil servants, remanded over Finance Ministry, bumiputra status corruption scandal


PUTRAJAYA: Nine people, including five civil servants, have been remanded over a corruption case involving registration of new accounts with the Finance Ministry.

The nine are also being investigated for allegedly taking money to give approval for companies to obtain bumiputra status.

Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim allowed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to hold the men for six days beginning Friday (July 17).

The nine, aged 30 to 47, are believed to be operating a syndicate involved in approving applications of new accounts with the Finance Ministry as well as applications for bumiputra status.

For a fee, the syndicate would get the applications approved within 24 hours without having to go through official procedures.

It is learnt that the syndicate charged a company between RM500 and RM3,500 for their services.

MACC sources believe that the syndicate had been operating since 2017 and had collected hundreds of thousands of ringgit from their activities.

The nine were arrested at various locations in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya on Thursday (July 16).

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