KUALA LUMPUR: A businessman known as "Datuk Roy" has been released on bail after being remanded for three days to assist the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation into the Jana Wibawa programme.
His lawyer Fahmi Abd Moin confirmed that Mohd Hussein Mohd Nasir, 54, was released by Magistrate Noorelynna Hanim Abd Halim on Thursday after the MACC did not apply to extend the remand order.
"For now there is no information when he would be brought to court," he said when contacted on Thursday (March 16).
Fahmi said Mohd Hussein would be taken to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya and the investigation team there will be applying for a remand order at the Magistrate's Court there on Friday.
On Monday (March 13), the suspect surrendered himself at the Kuala Lumpur MACC office at 2.30pm.
He was remanded for three days beginning Tuesday (March 14) to assist the investigations under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act in connection to the Jana Wibawa scandal.
On March 9, the MACC arrested four people aged between 40 and 50, 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.