PETALING JAYA – A former general manager of a government agency is expected to be called up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist in a probe of money laundering involving a sum of RM9mil.
It is learnt that the suspect, in his 50s, who previously helmed the agency in Sabah, had been investigated before by the MACC.
A source said the suspect was last detained in 2014 after a public tip-off for alleged involvement in corrupt practices before being released.
He was subsequently placed under the radar as the MACC continues with its probe to gather more evidence.
“We believe the suspect could be involved in an act of money laundering worth millions of ringgit.
“Our investigations revealed that the suspect was said to be behind the approval of a sum of money as a form of compensation to an oil palm firm for a piece of land earmarked for commercial development,” said the source Monday.
The land was said to be managed by the government agency but plantation activities were being done without any approval from the authorities and the state government.
It is learnt that documents were submitted by the oil palm firm for some RM9mil in compensation, comprising the value of the land and cost of planting oil palm trees.
The MACC is also expected to pick up the owner of the oil palm firm to assist investigations of alleged abetment in submitting false claims. – ANN