KUALA LUMPUR — March 5, 2018: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating a government-linked company (GLC) suspected of being involved in corruption and power abuse involving more than RM108.5 million.
The agency has received information that officers of the company were suspected of collaborating with several contractors to submit false claims on maintenance work on GLC-owned ships although no such job was carried out from 2010 until 2013.
Following this, MACC raided the companies concerned here and in Johor on February 28 and recorded statements from nine witnesses including four senior officers of the GLC and seized several documents.
Among the allegations being investigated are claims for payment on the cost of repairs worth RM61.6 million in 2012 when the initial estimate was only for RM30.8 million.
In addition, there were also claims on maintenance on ships which incurred losses amounting to RM46.8 million because the process of appointing the contractors did not follow procedures.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed the investigation is on.
In another case, the agency detained an engineer of an oil company and his wife for allegedly soliciting and accepting bribes of RM361,000 relating to the Sabah Ammonia Urea project in Sipitang, Sabah, three years ago.
The two were picked up at their home in Shah Alam today.
The man who is the quality analysis and quality control manager for the project is suspected to have solicited and received bribes from the main contractor as payment for the suspect to appoint the sub-contracting company to carry out pipe testing.
The payments were deposited into his personal accounts and the company account of his wife.
MACC senior director of investigations Datuk Simi Abd Ghani said the agency has so far opened two investigation papers.
In Johor Bahru, the agency picked up two officers of the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) complex suspected of soliciting and receiving bribes from a restaurant owner.
The men — a security officer and a health, safety and environment manager — were picked up at the RAPID complex at Pengerang.
It is believed that the suspects had received RM25,000 in bribes as inducement to open a canteen and to approve a gas pipe to a cafe in the area. — Bernama