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MACC focus now on cash stashed abroad
Published on: Sunday, October 09, 2016

Kota Kinabalu: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers are working with the two top State civil servants now under custody to get back cash they believe is stashed in foreign accounts.

The amount of cash involved was not immediately known nor the number of countries involved, but a MACC source said the agency needs to bring the money back to Malaysia.

The source revealed that the director and deputy director of the State Water Department would assist in the process of transferring money deposited in the banks abroad to their accounts in Malaysia via Mutual Legal Assistance between the countries.

The two government officers are suspected of monopolising projects valued at more than RM3.3 billion under the purview of their department since 2010 by giving them to relatives.

They are believed to have amassed more than RM50 million in wealth.

"The MACC will also get assistance from the State Land and Survey Department officials to assess the price of land titles seized," said the source.

A total of 127 State land titles were seized during the Ops Water bust which started on Tuesday, together with a huge amount of cash, branded handbags estimated to be worth RM500,000, luxury cars and jewellery among others.

The source said among the grants seized included land titles for housing, agriculture and commercial land in several locations in the State.

The source added that vehicles confiscated from the Director were bought under a company name belonging to his younger sibling.

"Investigations also found that the Deputy Director had bought a house abroad and MACC is also still investigating a company which managed the cash flow," it said.

In another development the source revealed that 23 people have been called in to facilitate investigations on Saturday so far, among them the Director's younger brother.

"No further arrests have been made as MACC is still in the process of gathering more information before further action," said the source.

A 55-year-old businessman with the title "Datuk" and his 50-year-old accountant, suspected to be linked to the two government officers, were also remanded for a week on Wednesday.

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