PUTRAJAYA, Mar 3 – A ‘Datuk’ is remanded for four days from today in connection with an alleged RM3 million bribe to close investigations involving the RM6.3 billion seabed tunnel project in Penang. The remand order on the businessman, till March 6, was issued by magistrate Eng Kar Wen on the application of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
The 64-year-old man arrived at the courthouse at 9.10am, in handcuffs and wearing MACC lockup attire. According to media reports, he was arrested in the capital at 3.30pm yesterday and was the second suspect detained in connection with the alleged bribery. The media also reported that he had allegedly solicited RM4 million, but the amount was reduced to RM3 million after negotiations with the company.
The case is being investigated under Section 16 (a) B of the MACC Act 2009. On Tuesday, MACC arrested a businessman with a ‘Datuk Seri’ title on suspicion of receiving RM19 million to influence the closure of the investigation. The MACC froze four bank accounts with RM3.6 million and seized four vehicles, namely, a ToyotaVellfire, Mercedes Benz, Land Rover and Hyundai Starex worth about RM1.3 million. The suspect was remanded for six days from Wednesday until Monday. — Bernama