Another district officer held in graft probe

KUALA LUMPUR: Another district officer and a quantity surveyor were detained by graft busters in connection with a project cartel syndicate involved in several multimillion ringgit projects.

Sources said the duo were detained at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya on Friday night after their statements were recorded.

Both suspects have been remanded for five days after magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim granted the remand application at Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Sources revealed that the duo were in cahoots with the contractor’s company, which is part of the cartel syndicate raking in projects worth tens of millions of ringgit in four Selangor districts since 2012.

“In the space of four years in a district, the contracts obtained from various projects were worth about RM20mil.

“Investigators believe about 70 companies were used to obtain the projects, including 16 companies owned by family members, while the remaining were owned by cronies and proxies,” sources said yesterday.

Sources added that the contractors involved would treat the officers involved, including bringing them to play golf or sponsor their overseas trips.

“The district officer, who was remanded on Saturday, is believed to have received RM125,000 worth of bribes in the form of cash, house renovation, deposit for car purchases, and medical expenses.

“The bribes were in exchange for helping the companies owned by the contractors to obtain various tenders, including for cleaning and maintenance in Selangor, worth about RM3mil,” sources said.

Meanwhile, the quantity surveyor was suspected of receiving 1% of the project cost as well as RM90,000 cash and a bicycle worth RM3,000.

“The suspect is believed to have leaked information on the tenders for cleaning and maintenance work in another district in Selangor to the contractor,” sources added.

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