'Ali Baba' tactic used in corrupt naval supply deals: Investigations

'Ali Baba' tactic used in corrupt naval supply deals: Investigations

IPOH - Initial investigations into a case involving allegedly corrupt practices by Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) staff and civilians in naval procurement jobs found that one of them had used the "Ali Baba" tactic to carry out supply deals with the RMN.

A source from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said one individual was using other people's names in the procurement of parts for the navy fleet.

"The navy deals with about 2,500 companies. But we are now focusing our investigations on 20 to 30 of these companies."We believe the individual is controlling them," he said in an interview.

He added that the MACC was also checking other companies' involvement.

The magistrate's court here yesterday extended the remand of six RMN personnel and a group of civilians suspected of corrupt practices in naval procurement by three days.

Assistant legal officer Wong Lok Hai granted the extension yesterday to 11 of the 15 suspects to enable the MACC to investigate the matter. Four civilians were released.

The suspects had been remanded for seven days since March 9.

Last week, six RMN staff, including a husband and wife holding the rank of lieutenant commander, were arrested for alleged graft at the Lumut naval base's dock procurement section.

They were believed to have splurged on expensive cars, watches and several properties.

The activities attracted MACC investigators, who questioned their sudden excessive spending on luxury items way above their pay grade.

Nine civilians, aged between 20 and 60, who were working for companies supplying items to the navy, were also detained.

It was also learnt that the suspects might have been involved in these illegal activities for more than five years.

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