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Project Director, Manager To Be Charged Over RM14 Million False Claims

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PUTRAJAYA – A project director and a project manager of a private company are expected to be charged in court for corruption today for making false claims of RM8.8 million involving a work contract awarded by Petronas.

The suspects who are aged 61 and 48 had allegedly issued an invoice for an inflated claim of close to RM14 million to Petronas for a piping maintenance contract their company undertook in 2011.

However, an investigation by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) showed that the actual cost of the job carried out should have only been RM5 million.

Sources said the MACC is also investigating if the suspects had allegedly committed the same offence with other projects awarded by government-linked companies (GLCs).

MACC deputy commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed that both suspects of the private company will be charged in court today.

In a separate case, the MACC yesterday detained a general manager of a subsidiary of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and his wife for alleged corruption and power abuse involving RM500,000 since 2013.

The 54-year-old general manager of the subsidiary that is in charge of the Rapid Cheras Selatan technical support project and his 50-year-old wife were held when they showed up at the commission’s headquarters here at 6.30pm yesterday.

MACC investigators discovered that the general manager had allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for the approval of projects involving the supply of buses, spare parts and repair.

The general manager who was also formerly a top official for the company’s Penang branch had allegedly channelled the ill-gotten gains to his wife’s bank account since 2013.

MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abd Ghani who confirmed the arrests said the couple would be taken to court today for a remand order to be issued against them for further detention. — Bernama

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