MACC confirms arrests of 16 over purchase of naval assets

MACC confirms arrests of 16 over purchase of naval assets

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed the arrests of 16 suspects, including six Royal Malaysian Navy officers, over alleged corrupt practices in procuring naval assets and parts.

A total of 240 accounts worth RM23 million (S$8.6 million), including RM5mil in stocks, were also frozen and items - RM200,000 in cash, several luxury watches (Loius Vuitton, Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer and Frederique Constant) and 13 luxury vehicles comprising Lamborghini, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi - were seized.

MACC director of investigation Datuk Mohd Jamidan Abdullah said the suspects were nabbed on March 9 and 11 in Kuala Lumpur, Manjung, Ipoh and Lumut.

"The naval officers hold the rank of Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander, Naval Lieutenant and Senior Aircraftman while the rest are business owners and their middlemen," he said in a statement here yesterday.

Jamidan said the suspects were released after being remanded for between seven and 10 days.

"Investigation is still ongoing. They are being investigated under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, Section 4 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001," he said.

On Tuesday, the navy had transferred six of its officers suspected of corruption.

This comes after staff from the RMN Lumut base were arrested over corrupt practices in procuring naval assets and parts.

MACC, which found the officers living a luxurious lifestyle beyond their pay grade, also arrested nine civilians who were suppliers and contractors to the navy.

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