ALOR SETAR – Four people including a “Datuk” who have been remanded to assist in the investigation into a corruption case involving the issuance of work permits to expatriates and foreign professionals with the ill-gotten gains amounting to over RM20 million were released, here, today.
Chief assistant registrar of the Magistrate’s Court, Rusmini Mat Rashid allowed the four suspects, aged 53, 30, 34 and 48 to be released on Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bail of RM10,000 each in one surety after their remand order expired today.
However, the remand order for another suspect, a 37-year-old senior Immigration officer in Padang Besar, Perlis, was extended for six days from today.
In the ‘Op Lavish’ raid on May 8, the MACC arrested the senior officer, a Padang Besar Immigration enforcement officer, aged 34, and a 48-year-old contractor in separate locations in Alor Setar and Perlis.
They are suspected of accepting bribes for approving work permits for expatriates and foreign professionals involving 339 applications and 18,626 permits approved since 2015.
During the arrests, the Kedah MACC seized cash amounting to RM1.9 million and various items including five luxury cars, a high-powered motorcycle, several branded watches and handbags, and a fixed deposit of almost RM1 million.
The investigation conducted resulted in the arrest on May 9, of a 53-year-old contractor with a “Datuk” title, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and another suspect, aged 37, at a house in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
They are believed to be looking after the assets acquired by the main suspect (the senior Immigration offcer) .
The MACC also seized RM1.5 million in cash from the house of one of these two suspects and other items, with their seized and frozen assets worth a total of RM6.57 million.
The investigation is conducted under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 for soliciting for and accepting bribes. – BERNAMA