Senior official, retiree held over RM700,000 in bribes

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KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested a senior state government official and a retiree for allegedly accepting about RM700,000 in bribes from a palm oil company.

A source said the suspects allegedly solicited the bribes in return for not reporting the company’s monthly sales declarations to the Sabah finance ministry.

“The actions of the two suspects resulted in millions of ringgit in lost tax revenue for the state government,” said the source when contacted.

“Both suspects were arrested at the Sabah MACC office today morning.”

When contacted, Sabah MACC director S Karunanithy confirmed the arrests and said the case was being investigated under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009.

He said the suspects would be detained for 24 hours for further investigation, and a remand application was expected to be made at a magistrate’s court here tomorrow.

Karunanithy added that he did not rule out the possibility of more arrests being made in the case.

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