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SHAH ALAM – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today raided the offices of a Selangor government’s subsidiary, wholly-owned university and a private company, to assist in the investigations into contract payments which allegedly caused losses to the state government.

A source close to the investigation said the commission raided the subsidiary’s office here at 10.45 am.

The MACC had also raided two of the university’s campuses here and in Bestari Jaya, Kuala Selangor, as well as the private company’s offices at the university’s campus in Bestari Jaya, and in Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, the source said.

The company was said to be responsible in developing and managing the students’ accommodation at the university’s main campus.

Meanwhile, MACC Investigation Division director Datuk Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the raids.

“(At press time,) the investigating team is still at the raiding locations. Details on the raids will be announced later today,” he said when contacted by Bernama here. – BERNAMA

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers today conducted a search at the office of Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad at Jalan Stesen Sentral here over the MACC investigation into cases related to Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).

Mohd Isa, who was chairman of Felda and later Felda Global Ventures Berhad prior to his appointment as chairman of SPAD, is being held under remand after he was arrested on Tuesday over the probe. FIC is a subsidiary of Felda.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said the search at the Mohd Isa’s SPAD office was the normal process following the arrest of any individual for alleged corruption.

He said the investigation was on the purchase of two hotels by FIC, one in Kensington, London, and the other in Kuching..

“The investigating officers are working hard on the cases and we will determine whether any other action needs to be taken. I do not want to comment further,” he said to reporters after witnessing the taking of an anti-corruption pledge at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, here.

KANGAR – Two senior officers of the Perlis Fire and Rescue Department were ordered to be in remand for seven days from today for alleged corruption.

The remand order was issued by Kangar Magistrate Court registrar Monica Gasiah  following an application from Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Anis Sofiah Che Hakim.

The two fire officers, aged 49 and 45, were detained by MACC at about 12.45 pm yesterday at a business premises in Pauh, Arau.

They were alleged to have solicited and accepted bribe of RM1,200 from a building owner as an inducement for action not to be taken against him for breach of building regulations.

The case was investigated under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – The Magistrate’s Court today issued an order for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to remand for five days a Kuala Lumpur City Hall manager and six contractors over an investigation into a case of corruption and abuse of power.

Magistrate Siti Shakirah Mohtarudin issued the order to enable the suspects, two of them women, aged between 37 and 57, to be investigated.

An MACC source said they were arrested at several locations in Shah Alam between 3 pm and 6 pm yesterday.

It is believed that the manager had solicited and received bribes monthly from the contractors since 2014, the source said.

“It is believed that the bribes were an inducement to reduce the deduction of claims on contact cleaning works undertaken by the contractors,” it added. – BERNAMA

 

KOTA KINABALU – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested two policemen on suspicion of having accepted bribes.

An MACC source said the corporal and lance corporal, aged 39 and 32 respectively, were held at the Penampang District Police headquarters just after noon yesterday following a complaint received on Aug 14.

The complainant had claimed that the policemen had asked for RM2,500 as an inducement to refrain from acting against the complainant for alleged possession of syabu, it said.

The source said the complainant handed over RM500 to the policemen on Aug 7 and deposited RM300 into the bank account of one of them on the following day.

Sabah MACC director Datuk Sazali Sabli confirmed the arrests of the policemen. They were being remanded up to Aug 22 to help in the investigation. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad was brought to the Magistrate’s Court here today for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to secure an order to remand him over its investigation into several cases.

Isa, who was in MACC lockup attire and handcuffed, was accompanied by several MACC officers as he arrived at the court at 9.10 am in an MACC vehicle.

He looked calm and smiled at members of his family, supporters and the reporters who had been waiting there from 8 am.

Isa’s wife, Puan Sri Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid, who was also at the court compound, shed tears as Isa arrived at the court.

Isa was arrested at about 4.30 pm yesterday at the MACC headquarters here after he had come to give a statement. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – Lawyers for Penang exco member Phee Boon Poh (pic) have arrived at the High Court here to file submissions against his remand order over an investigation into an illegal factory in Bukit Mertajam.

Phee, the factory’s 70-year-old manager Gan Buck Hee and his 37-year-old director son Edmund Gan Eu Leong, were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Saturday.

They were remanded for five days to allow investigations under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for abuse of power for gratification.

The father and son pair were represented by Dev Kumaraendran, while Phee was represented by R.S.N Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh.

Dev said the magistrate in Penang did not hear their submissions before setting the five-day remand order.

“Since the Penang High Court is not open on Sunday, we are here in Kedah to file our submissions,” he said to reporters.

Rayer said they hoped to have Phee released soon.

Phee, who is Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman, was detained after he went to the MACC office to have his statement recorded.

Phee’s office on the 53rd floor of Komtar was also raided by MACC officers.

On Thursday, MACC officers seized documents related to the Kampung Sungai Lembu factory from the Seberang Prai Municipal Council.

The MACC and several enforcement agencies also raided the factory Thursday, following complaints from villagers who feared fumes from the factory could affect their health.

The carbon filter-processing factory has been operating on agricultural land inside an oil palm estate for more than 10 years.

The operations over the illegal factory also involved officers from the Immigration Department, Department of Environment, and Inland Revenue Board. – The Star Online

PUTRAJAYA – The Federal Court yesterday ruled that a notice issued by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to two lawyers to give their statements to assist in the investigation into the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) case cannot be challenged in court.

A Federal Court five-man bench led by Chief Judge of Malaya, Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop allowed the appeal by the MACC, the government and MACC Assistant Superintendent Suziana Ali to set aside the high court and appellate court’s decisions to cancel the notice.

The notice was issued by the MACC to lawyers Latheefa Koya and Murnie Hidayah Anuar, requesting them to be present at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on March 23, 2012, to assist in the investigation into a case involving the NFC.

Justice Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin, one of the judges presiding on the bench, in delivering the court’s judgment said actions or decisions of a public authority in exercise of its powers in the course of a criminal investigation or enquiry was not open to judicial review.

“The notice was issued in order to assist the appellants (MACC) in the investigation of a corruption offence under Section 16 (b) of the Act. To hold otherwise, would expose the criminal investigative processes of all law enforcement agencies to constant judicial review,” he said.

Justice Abu Samah said Article 5 (2) or Article 5 (3) of the Federal Constitution did not confer any constitutional right on a complainant to be represented by counsel during the recording of his statement as a witness.

In the 28-page written judgement, Justice Abu Samah said the allegation that the notice was issued as an act of intimidation or was issued mala fide on contention that the complainant had a constitutional right to be represented by counsel during the recording of his statement as a witness, could not be the basis for quashing the notice which was issued under Section 30 (1) (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

He said there was no provision in the Act giving solicitors the right to be present during the recording of their client’s statement in the course of an investigation.

“The respondents (Latheefa and Murnie) had in fact been allowed to be present although the appellants (MACC) held the view that the respondents’ client had no constitutional right to be represented at that stage.” Justice Abu Samah said there was no element of surprise or ambush as the lawyers were informed in advance that their statements might be recorded if they insisted on being present.

“They opted to be present, holding steadfastly to their contention that their client had a constitutional right to be represented,” he said.

Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges, Tan Sri Hasan Lah and Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi also presided in the bench.

The lawyers filed a judicial review claiming that they were being compelled, through the notice, to be present at the MACC headquarters and failure to abide by the notice is an offence under Section 48(c) of the MACC Act 2009 and punishable under Section 69 of the same Act, which carries a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or a jail term of up to two years, or both, upon conviction.

Latheefa and Murnie Hidayah claimed they were served the notice on the same day, March 19, 2012, after accompanying their client, former NFC consultant Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, to the MACC office to give his statement.

On Jan 30, 2013, the High Court quashed the notice dated March 19, 2012, after allowing the judicial review application by the lawyers, who named the MACC, the government and Suziana Ali as respondents.

Senior federal counsel Suzana Atan appeared for the appellants while counsel M Puravelan represented Latheefa and Murnie. — Bernama

 

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has urged people who knew of civil servants living beyond their means to report the matter to it immediately.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Mohd Azam Baki said civil servants who lived a life of luxury usually held specific posts in the government and would be most likely involved in the abuse of power and corruption.

“The MACC will determine how they are able to lead a life of luxury beyond their income and find out whether they had acquired their wealth through legal means,” he said as the guest on the ‘Ruang Bicara’ talk show over Bernama News Channel, at Wisma Bernama, last night.

He said the MACC was monitoring officers in senior positions, including their acquisition of property.

Mohd Azam said action could also be taken against retired civil servants if it was established that they had resorted to abuse of power in service.

“We are investigating the case of a retired senior government officer who had approved a project for a company while in service.

“The MACC intelligence team is monitoring to address corruption among senior civil servants,” he said.

Mohd Azam also said that 280 agencies had signed the Corruption-Free Pledge.

“There has been good response to the signing of the pledge. Among states, only Kelantan and Selangor have yet to sign the pledge, but they will do so soon,” he said.

— BERNAMA

KUANTAN – The remand order for a Royal Malaysian Customs Department senior officer to facilitate investigations into illegal bauxite mining has been extended to Aug 13.

Magistrate Tengku Eliana Tuan Kamaruzaman issued the order today, following an application submitted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamri.

The 56-year-old suspect was detained at 12.15am on Aug 2 during an MACC special operation following the discovery of ongoing illegal bauxite mining activities despite the imposition of a moratorium order by the government until Dec 31.

The MACC has detained 10 Pahang Land and Mineral Office personnel on suspicion of complicity in illegal bauxite mining activities, including leaking the customs department’s operational information. – BERNAMA