KOTA KINABALU: A syndicate believed to be involved in issuing certificates for contractors and bumiputra native status certificates has been busted.
It is learnt that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had detained four suspects including an assistant director of a federal government agency and three runners linked to the syndicate on Monday (Jan 11).
According to sources, the syndicate which was believed to be operated over a year ago, also involved civil servants.
The source said it involved issuing certificates such as registration of contractors, vendors and service providers; Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) certificates, as well as bumiputra status certificates.
The applicant only needs to pay between RM500 and RM1,500 to speed up their applications.
It is also believed that the applications will be processed and issued without going thorough screenings and verification.
Sabah Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director S. Karunanithy confirmed the arrests, but declined to comment further.
“We believe more arrests will be made soon,” he said.
He urged those with information to come forward to assist in MACC investigations.