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KUALA LUMPUR – Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (PGRM) has sent a list of potential candidates for the 14th General Election (GE14) to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to be screened before submitting their names to the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership.

Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said 45 candidates were identified comprising new and old faces and their names sent to the MACC to clear them of any records for corruption.

“In 2013, we contested 45 seats, therefore we have sent the list to the MACC last month to ensure they have a clean record. Those with a bad track record will not be given a chance to contest in the coming general election.

“We are still waiting for the list from the MACC before submitting the names to the BN Supreme Council,” he said after attending a Social Media Workshop organised to prepare for the GE14, at Menara PGRM, today. – BERNAMA

 

BUKIT MERTAJAM – The remand order on a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer who is suspected of asking for a bribe from a police officer in Penang has been extended for two days from tomorrow.

Magistrate Nurulrasyidah Mohd Akit issued the order at the Bukit Mertajam magistrate court’s lock-up, here, today.

Last Friday, the 38-year-old officer who is attached to the Putrajaya MACC North Zone Intelligence Unit was arrested at a restaurant in Taman Machang Bubok, here, at 10.20pm and was remanded for three days to assist in the investigation.

The officer was arrested by a police team from D7 (Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division) after he was believed to receive RM3,000 in bribe solicited from the victim.

Police also seized an authority card, a sling bag, two 9mm bullet shells, a mobile phone and a Volkswagen car from the MACC officer.

— BERNAMA

BUKIT MERTAJAM – An officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was detained for allegedly blackmailing a police officer working in the state.

Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) district police chief, ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the 38-year-old officer attached to the MACC Northern Zone Intelligence Unit in Putrajaya was remanded at a restaurant in Taman Machang Bubok, here at 10.20 last night.

“Based on investigation, the victim who is attached to the Gambling and Secret Society (D7) branch of the SPT District Police Headquarters had been contacted via the Whatsapp application by the MACC officer in March for a meeting.

“The police officer, who knows the man, had replied that he could not meet him as he was in Putrajaya and since then, the suspect frequently contacted the victim but the police officer refused to meet as he knew the suspect would blackmail him,” Nik Ros Azhan said here today.

He added that on June 5, the victim was informed by his friend that the MACC officer wanted to meet him and fixed a monthly payment of RM3,000 for purportedly looking after the police officer attached to the SPT district police headquarters.

“After the victim met with the MACC officer at a restaurant and handed over the RM3,000 in cash, a team of policemen remanded the suspect and seized the money,” he said.

In addition, he said, police also seized his authority card, sling bag, two 9mm bullet shells, a mobile phone and a Volkswagen car from the MACC officer who was being remanded for three days beginning today.

Meanwhile, the MACC said in a statement that it would not compromise with any of its officers who had committed any crime and would cooperate with the police and welcomed the stern action taken in detaining the suspect. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – Six people have been remanded for five days over allegations of graft and power abuse.

The six, including four Datuks who held top positions in a Telekom Malaysia cooperative, will be held in custody until May 11.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman granted Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission’s (MACC) application for remand on Wednesday.

Aside from the four Datuks, the other suspects remanded were the wife of co-op member and a businessman.

All six suspects aged between 44 and 66 were picked up a sting operation in several areas around the Klang Valley on Tuesday. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is prepared to investigate some current issues involving Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV).

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki however, said MACC would need to study the report made if there were elements of abuse of power or corruption.

” Yes, MACC will study the report first if it was under the purview of MACC or otherwise, and MACC will only investigate if there were elements of corruption or abuse of power,” he told Bernama here today.

Today, the FGV board of directors ordered its group president/chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad and the group chief finance officer to go on leave following an investigation conducted by audit firm, Pricewaterhouse Coopers which could not be made public. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here arrested 45 people including 22 civil servants in Penang for allegedly committing various offences since January.

Penang MACC director Datuk Abdul Aziz Aban said of the 45 arrested, 15 were private sector employees.

“With the cooperation of all parties, more people will be arrested in the fight against corruption,” he told reporters after the Corruption Free Pledge (CFP) ceremony of Penang Education Department, here today.

A total of 29 reports were received on alleged abuse by schools and Penang Education Department but they were found to be baseless.

Abdul Aziz said seven people arrested for alleged renewal of Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence would be charged in three courts in Penang and Perak tomorrow.

“Four people will be charged in George Town court, two will be charged in Butterworth court and one will be charged in Ipoh court.

“The charge against another suspect has to be postpone because he is undergoing treatment for cancer in China,” he added.

Seven doctors were among those arrested for alleged manipulation of PSV licence. The doctors abused their profession by approving application for medical examinations without carrying it out.

They were arrested in raids on seven clinics in Bukit Mertajam, Batu Ferringhi, Pekan Lama, Gelugor and Perai. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – A senior officer from the Melaka Tengah District Police Headquarters who was remanded for seven days to assist investigation into a corruption case involving the collection of money from operators of illegal gambling centres and massage parlours around Melaka, was released today.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman allowed the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to be released on a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bail of RM50,000.

The 49-year-old man was the 12th individual detained on May 22 to assist investigation into the case.

So far, 13 individuals were detained by the MACC including nine policemen and officers concerning investigation into the case.

They were investigated under Section 16 (a) (B) and 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Earlier, the Magistrate’s Court allowed seven police personnel including two district police chiefs in Melaka and three civilians to be released on bail of RM50,000 for each police personnel while bail for the civilians were set at RM100,000 each with one surety for each individual.

Two other suspects, namely a police officer with the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and a van driver who acted as the middleman in collecting the protection money were still being remanded.

The van driver was remanded until May 30 while the ASP up to May 31 to assist in the investigation. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – The remand for nine individuals, including two officers-in-charge of police districts (OCPD) has been extended by five days, beginning tomorrow to facilitate investigations into corruption involving the collection of ‘protection money’ from operators of illegal gambling dens and massage parlours in Melaka.

In allowing an application from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court, magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman approved the remand period for the suspects to be extended to May 27.

The suspects aged between 31 and 54 were earlier remanded for six days, beginning May 17.

They are investigated under Section 16(a)(B) and 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009. Six of the nine are police officers in Melaka while the rest are civilians.

It was reported that the MACC had also frozen several bank accounts belonging to the suspects following investigations on the cases. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – The main suspect in a bribery case involving professional work permits for expatriates and foreigners worth more than RM20 million, was released today.

Alor Setar Lower Court senior assistant registrar Wan Nor Fadzilah Wan Ibrahim allowed the 37-year-old suspect, who is also a senior officer at the Padang Besar Immigration in Perlis, to be released on bail from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after his remand extension expired today.

The suspect was allowed bail at RM10,000 in two sureties.

In the operation code named ‘Ops Lavish’ in early May, five individuals including one carrying a ‘Datuk’ title were arrested for corruption, among them approving expatriate passes for skilled and professional workers involving 339 applications and 18,626 passes issued since 2015.

Four of the suspects were released on MACC bond on Monday, with each of them paying RM10,000 in two sureties.

The total value of items seized and assets frozen so far is RM6.57 million.

–BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – He is 32 and self-employed with an “active” bank account that allegedly serves as a front for corrupt police officers.

He is believed to be one of the middlemen in the “protection service” allegedly provided by some senior police officers in Melaka to illegal gambling dens and massage parlours.

Sources in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said those who made deals with the police would deposit payments for the service into the man’s account.

“He would then pass the cash to the police officers.

“This way, the transaction leaves no paper trail,” a source told The Star.

It is learnt that investigators are still analysing his bank records to determine how much money has been coming in and going out.

Aware that he was being sought by the MACC, the suspect turned himself in at the commission’s headquarters here at around 4pm on Thursday and was arrested soon after his statement was recorded.

The man, who said he drives a van for a living, has been remanded as the anti-graft body continues its investigation into the protection racket.

Magistrate Nadia Othman al­lowed the suspect to be remanded for six days until May 24.

He is the 11th person arrested in the investigation to date.

The MACC had earlier rounded up seven police officers from the Melaka Tengah and Jasin districts as well as the state police contingent headquarters.

Among those arrested are two district police chiefs, two assistant superintendents, two inspectors and a corporal.

Two middlemen and a suspected illegal gambling den operator are also being investigated.

A substantial amount of cash has been seized and several bank accounts frozen in the course of the investigation.

One police corporal was found to have RM800,000 in the storeroom of his house but the 52-year-old claimed that he was holding it for his superiors. – The Star Online