MACC remands GLC CEO for 3 days on alleged power abuse

By BERNAMA / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM

A GOVERNMENT-linked company’s (GLC) CEO has been remanded three days, starting yesterday, to assist investigations into alleged abuse of power involving several construction projects worth RM300 million.

Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim granted the remand order after receiving an application from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the case is being investigated under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009.

The suspect, a Datuk, is said to have used his position to award tenders for construction projects worth RM300 million in Putrajaya.

The 59-year-old man was arrested by the MACC at his office about 12pm on Wednesday, following raids around the Klang Valley at the suspect’s office and home.

The suspect is believed to have misused his power to manipulate the process of several construction projects currently underway.

According to the MACC spokesperson, the project was awarded to a contracting company via a tender process, but the suspect deliberately placed many hurdles which led to the designated party failing in its endeavours to carry out the project.

Subsequently, the project was then given to a replacement contractor who is believed to have links with the suspect and it is understood that the whole thing had already been planned earlier, he said.

Meanwhile, Umno acting president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claimed that the MACC has frozen the bank accounts of its headquarters and Selangor Umno.

Ahmad Zahid said it is almost certain that after this, the MACC would freeze the account of Johor Umno as well.

He also claimed that Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would order the Registrar of Society to deregister Umno.