KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Hussein Mohd Nasir, better known as “Datuk Roy”, has been remanded for three days beginning Tuesday (March 14) until Thursday (March 16) to assist investigations into the Jana Wibawa programme.
The remand order against the 54-year-old was issued by Magistrate Noorelynna Hanim Abd Halim to facilitate investigations under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009.
His lawyer Fahmi Abd Moin said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) made an application for a seven-day remand towards Mohd Hussein, which he objected due to no concrete evidence.
The magistrate then issued a three-day remand order instead.
Fahmi added that his client would be remanded at the Cheras police headquarters and expected to be released by 9am on Thursday unless there was an application to extend the remand order.
Clad in the orange MACC lockup garment, Mohd Hussein arrived at roughly 10am, and was escorted by two MACC officers.
On Monday (March 13), Mohd Hussein surrendered to the MACC and was arrested in connection with investigations into the Jana Wibawa programme.
The anti-graft body had earlier issued a statement naming Mohd Hussein as a person of interest in its investigation towards the programme.
It was also reported that “Datuk Roy” had a previous graft conviction.
On March 9, the MACC arrested four persons aged between 40 and 50 years old, including an MACC officer and a woman.
They were alleged to have solicited and accepted a bribe of RM400,000 to prevent an investigation into the case.
The Jana Wibawa programme was approved for implementation by the Cabinet in November 2020, aimed at easing the economic woes of bumiputra contractors during the Covid-19 pandemic.