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PUTRAJAYA, 13 April 2017:
A young political leader in Selangor has been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to facilitate investigations into his purported extraordinary wealth.
In confirming the detention, MACC deputy director-general (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said the 28-year-old suspect with the honorific title of ‘Datuk’ was picked up as soon as he arrived at the MACC headquarters at 2.30pm today to give his statement.
“The detention is to help in investigations into the case.” He said the man was investigated under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
Declining to comment further, Azam would only say that the MACC would summon several witnesses in connection with the case.
“If necessary, the man will be taken to the Putrajaya magistrate’s court tomorrow for a remand order.”
This was the second time the political leader gave a statement to the MACC, the first being on Feb 10.
Previously, the media had reported on the extraordinary wealth of the young political leader – who allegedly owned a multi-million ringgit bungalow and several luxury vehicles despite just recently holding a post in a political party.
Separately, a Kelantan National Padi and Rice Board regulatory division senior officer was detained in connection with soliciting and accepting a RM3,500 bribe.
State MACC director Datuk Shamsuddin Mohammad Yusof said the 56-year-old suspect was nabbed at 3.30pm yesterday in a restaurant in Kota Bharu.
He said the senior officer was remanded for six days, beginning today.
Also picked up were three enforcement officers from the division, he said – adding that the trio were released this afternoon after their statements were recorded.
The four suspects were nabbed on suspicion of requesting and receiving a RM3,500 bribe as inducement to issue passes to move a consignment of rice to Perak from Kelantan, and as an ‘introductory greeting’.