Malacca, Johor govt officers remanded in bribery probes

MALACCA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A senior state government officer, who is a Datuk, was remanded for four days to facilitate investigations into alleged corrupt practices.

The 55-year-old was brought to the magistrate's court by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials before a remand order was issued by an assistant registrar.

It was reported that the civil servant was believed to have asked for kickbacks in exchange for approving projects.

The MACC had also frozen the suspect's bank account with millions of ringgit.

"MACC is expected to detain several other individuals in connection with this case (soon)," said a source.

In Johor Baru, a state land assistant officer was remanded for six days till Dec 4 on Tuesday (Nov 29).

MACC state director Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani told Bernama that the suspect, in his 50s, was detained at the agency's office around 2pm on Monday.

"We are also in the process of studying the source of his assets," he said.

He said the suspect is believed to have used his position to obtain land through land offices in other districts besides acquiring land via ownership transfer.

The suspect was found to own 16.75 acres of agricultural land, 68 acres of joint venture land, housing lot and luxury residences in a number of districts in the state.