Datuk Azam BakiKUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today detained a Johor state executive council (exco) member for investigation into alleged corruption and embezzlement of property in the state.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki, when contacted, confirmed the arrest.
He said the state exco member was arrested at 11 am at the Johor MACC office after giving his statement on the case.
He said the man was detained for investigation under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act and also Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
Last Feb 24, six men, including the son and a special officer to a Johor government official, were detained by MACC for alleged involvement in a corruption scandal involving real estate in the state.
Four days after that, MACC detained a contractor for alleged involvement in the case.
Following the arrest, the exco man decided to go on leave since March 1 pending investigation of the case.
Four of the seven arrested, comprising the son and a special aide of a Johor state government official, a lawyer and a member of the public, were released on MACC bail today.
The other three, comprising two developers and a contractor, had been released, also on MACC bail, on March 3 and 7, respectively.