RM3.5mil cash found in ‘project cartel' Datuk's house, luxury yacht, two helicopters and assets seized


PUTRAJAYA: A total of RM3.5mil cash was discovered at a house belonging to the 47-year-old Datuk, believed to be the ringleader of the "project cartel", following a raid on Monday (April 5).

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators also discovered that the Datuk amassed an extraordinary amount of wealth and assets, including a luxury yacht and two helicopters.

Luxury cars worth RM15.7mil as well as real estate including bungalows, a shop house and an office worth RM29mil were also seized in a series of raid conduct by the graft busters since Monday.

Sources said 644 bank accounts belonging to individuals and companies, estimated at RM100mil were also frozen in the course of the investigation.

The “project cartel” is believed to have been awarded 345 tenders with an estimated value of RM3.6bil from different ministries and agencies nationwide since 2014.

Following surveillance, the main suspect and six others were arrested at two separate locations in Ampang and Cyberjaya where they were caught red-handed by investigators – they were in the process of filling up tender application forms.

Earlier on Tuesday (April 6), MACC arrested the eighth suspect - a senior officer from a government agency - for alleged involvement in the "project cartel" syndicate.

The 38-year-old suspect, a quantity surveyor with a Grade 48 position, is believed to have prepared bills of quantity for projects offered by a government agency.

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