Asia Briefs: 19 engineers nabbed in Sabah anti-graft probe

19 engineers nabbed in Sabah anti-graft probe

KOTA KINABALU • The anti-graft probe into the Sabah Water Department has widened with the arrests of 19 district or divisional engineers during a one-day operation.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission investigators on Wednesday seized RM2.4 million (S$800,000) from several of those detained during raids at 27 locations around the state.

Investigators also seized the department's procurement files and were going through these documents. It is believed that the engineers were collecting as much as 27 to 30 per cent of the contract amounts from contractors, in order for them to be awarded certain projects.


Giant jade stone in Myanmar too big to move

YANGON • A 174-tonne jade stone worth millions of dollars that was uncovered in Myanmar will have to stay where it is for now - because its owners do not have equipment strong enough to move it.

The 5.8m-wide stone was discovered by miners in northern Kachin state last week. It was buried up to 60m deep inside a mountain.

While some have estimated the rock could be worth more than US$170 million (S$236 million), a local lawmaker said its value was probably closer to US$5.4 million.


Owner of Indian hospital arrested over fatal blaze

NEW DELHI • Indian police have arrested the wanted owner of a hospital after he turned himself in over a blaze earlier this week that killed 21 patients, a top officer said yesterday.

Mr Manoj Nayak, chairman of the private SUM hospital, presented himself at a police station late on Wednesday following a two-day hunt for him in eastern Odisha state.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe