Federal agency director in Malaysia nabbed over scam

MALACCA - A director of a federal agency here has been detained for allegedly falsifying documents relating to projects for the needy in the state.

A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) source said the 50-year-old director was allegedly in cahoots with several suppliers and contractors to tamper with certain figures in official government tenders.

"They work like a syndicate with some of the director's key personnel.

"We expect to arrest more individuals soon to help our probe," the source said yesterday.

"We believe that the director was the mastermind in this well-planned operation, where approval was given for projects that never existed."

He said under their modus operandi, the suppliers and contractors would release cash to the director and his key personnel after the projects were approved.

The director was known for his jet-setting lifestyle with frequent trips abroad.

The source said the director was detained at his office yesterday evening to assist in MACC's investigation.

Anti-corruption officers also seized documents on the supposed projects for the needy.

It is also learnt that several officers in the department as well as other individuals were arrested in a follow-up raid.

State MACC director Ramli Ismail confirmed the arrest but declined to give further details.

He said the probe on the director was ongoing under Sections 16 and 18 of the MACC Act 2009.

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