MACC arrests former political secretary, company owner over alleged book-printing graft

KUALA LUMPUR: Graft busters have arrested a former political secretary to a minister and another person in their probe into alleged kickbacks from a multimillion-ringgit project.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) sources said that the duo were arrested after having their statements taken on Friday (Sept 22) night at the Commission's headquarters in Putrajaya.

Both suspects have been remanded until Sept 26.

The source said that the first suspect was a political secretary to a former senior minister, aged in his twenties

The other is an owner of a company in his fifties, who is believed to have collaborated with the minister in asking for and receiving bribes via his company as a result of having a book printing project approved via direct negotiations.

The source adds that the book printing project was estimated to be around RM80mil.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya confirmed the arrest when contacted. “The case is being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009,” he said.

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