Assemblyman allegedly demanded 10% as commission for RM1.5mil project

By Lourdes Charles, The Star

A Terengganu state assemblyman has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged graft involving a project worth more than RM1.5mil.

It is learnt that the assemblyman from Barisan Nasional was arrested together with another man who is believed to be his agent.

The assemblyman is said to have demanded payment from a developer on a monthly basis for the next 24 months.

He is said to have so far received more than RM20,000 from the developer.

Sources said the two men were arrested yesterday.

They said the assemblyman was caught red-handed while receiving money by Putrajaya MACC officers who had been investigating the case for weeks.

According to the sources, the assemblyman had demanded at least 10% of the project cost as commission for himself.

Both men are expected to be remanded before a magistrate’s court in Terengganu today to facilitate investigations into the case.

The MACC sources said the commission would press on with investigations into high-profile politicians both from the Government and the Opposition despite being accused of being biased.

MACC director of investigations Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull confirmed the arrests but declined to elaborate.