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Sabah Water Dept Deputy Director, Two Others Out On Bail

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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Water Department deputy director Teo Chee Kong, his “Datuk” brother and his brother’s accountant were released Monday following their remands over a corruption probe.

Teo and his brother were released on a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bail of RM100,000 with two sureties while the accountant was released on a RM10,000 bail.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the release of the three suspects and said they are required to report to the Commission every month.

“They will be called on to assist in investigations at any time if the need arises,” he said.

Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie made the order in chambers.

The trio were among five people arrested to facilitate investigations into alleged abuse of power and money laundering linked to contracts for RM3.3bil Federal-funded projects channelled to the department since 2010.

Department director Ag Tahir Ag Talib, whose remand ended Sunday, was released on an MACC bail of RM500,000.

The MACC seized RM114mil worth of assets, including RM53.7mil in cash stashed in houses and office, from the two senior Sabah Water Department officials on Oct 4.

Six days later, MACC traced RM30mil stashed in foreign banks and another RM30mil in 127 land titles.

The Commission also seized nine vehicles worth RM2.7mil, jewellery worth RM3.64mil and designer handbags worth RM500,000.

On Oct 11, three Sabah Water Department employees “voluntarily” surrendered about RM1mil allegedly taken in the process of approving water projects under the RM3.3bil Federal allocations.-by Stephanie Lee/The Star Online

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