Malaysia detains two senior officials for alleged corruption

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained two senior civil servants in Malacca and Johor for alleged corrupt practices.

Sources said the first suspect was picked up in Malacca at about 2pm on Monday (Nov 28).

It is learned that the suspect - a 55-year-old - was allegedly involved in corrupt practices, including soliciting for kickbacks in exchange for the approval of projects.

The MACC is currently in the midst of tracing the number of projects involved, and more individuals will be picked up to assist with investigations.

Additionally, dozens of bank accounts containing millions of ringgit have been frozen.

He is expected to be brought to court and remanded on Tuesday.

The MACC also picked up a second suspect, an assistant land district officer, when he appeared at the Johor MACC office to have his statement recorded at about 2pm on Monday.

Initial investigations showed that the suspect allegedly misused his position to obtain land and owned several plots of agricultural land covering 16.75 acres.

Also, he allegedly amassed 68 acres of jointly developed land, residential land and a high-end unit in Johor.

Johor MACC director Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani confirmed the arrest and said that the suspect would be brought to the court for a remand order to extend his detention to assist with the probe.

The case is being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.