PETALING JAYA – The Malaysian-Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed that it took a statement from Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron to aid the investigation of a case under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 on Monday.
Idris is a witness for a case involving his officer, who was detained by the MACC last Nov.
“MACC officers went to Idris’ office around 2pm yesterday. However, information regarding the case cannot be revealed in order to preserve the investigation’s integrity,” said MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki in a statement on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in MALACCA, Idris acknowledged that certain state government officials were being probed by the MACC.
“MACC officers came and talked to me to garner more information into the ongoing probe.
“It is good that MACC is investigating them and I have agreed to give full cooperation,” he said.
Idirs said MACC also spoke to him about some corruption cases involving top state officials.
He also acknowledged that others were being probed but said he was not able to divulge any details.
“As they are state government officials, my feedback was imperative for MACC to conclude their probes into several individuals,” he said.
Idris said the state government would not protect anyone involved in corruption and no one was “untouchable”.
Media reports claimed that the civil servant was believed to have solicited kickbacks in exchange for approval of projects involving millions of Ringgit.
MACC also detained a 70-year-old contractor linked to the senior official.
It is also learnt that the MACC has frozen 22 bank accounts with funds amounting to RM11mil under the control of the senior official and his family, as well as another 24 accounts under the control of the contractor with funds totalling RM12mil.
In Nov 2016, it was reported that two senior government officials from Malacca and Johor, both with Datuk titles, were arrested for allegedly soliciting kickbacks in exchange for project approvals.