GEOGE TOWN, Apr 12 – A well-known Penang property developer with the title of “Datuk Seri” and his “Dato” son, who involved into a land scandal was arrested by MACC yesterday, had remanded at George Town magistrate’s court here this morning.
They, both handcuffed and wore orange T-shirts identifying them as MACC detainees, were brought to the magistrate’s court at 10.55am today when magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid granted the remand by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against the duo, aged 74 and 47, respectively, effective today.
They will be investigated under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009. The father and son, aged 74 and 47, were arrested by MACC officers from Putrajaya at the state MACC headquarters on Northam Road at 7pm yesterday when they showed up to have their statements recorded.
They are believed to be under investigation over a land scandal involving hundreds of acres of real estate related to a Bumiputra foundation. The father and son are said to have big property developments in Tanjung Bungah and Kepala Batas. They were linked to a leading property developer in Penang, which is also listed on Bursa Malaysia.
This is the same case in which a prominent 70-year-old Datuk was arrested by the MACC on March 29 for alleged involvement in obtaining gratification worth millions through his position as a director of a foundation in Penang. MACC’s investigations, sources say, were related to land transactions conducted by the foundation. The Datuk was remanded for five days and later released on RM100,000 bail on April 3 after the MACC failed to extend the remand at the Magistrate’s Court. — PN