Former council president faces MACC action

By Lourdes Charles, The Star

A former president of the Terengganu municipal council, who is allegedly living a lavish lifestyle, is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corrup-tion Commission (MACC) for allegedly working in cahoots with a Terengganu state assemblyman arrested on Sunday.

Sources said the man, who is currently a director of another government department, was said to have also owned several houses, luxury cars and even fishing boats.

The MACC officers believed he was a key player in a well-organised syndicate involving several politicians and businessmen.

They were allegedly involved in the giving out of contracts in exchange for a commission.

They said the MACC officers were also closing in on several other people, and they were expected to be picked up soon for questioning.

The sources said the projects involved were worth millions of ringgit.

In Kemaman, Bernama reported that the Terengganu state assemblyman arrested by the MACC was remanded for five days to assist in investigations of having received bribes from a company.

Also remanded until Aug 7 were two friends of the assemblyman who were believed to have been involved in the case.

The remand order was issued by Kemaman Sessions Court judge Rofiah Mohamad.

All three are now being held at the Kemaman police district headquarters.

The assemblyman and his friends were arrested by the MACC at a hotel in Kijal near here for demanding bribes of between 10% and 13% of the value of a landscape project worth RM2mil from the company.

The MACC found RM5,000 on the assemblyman. He was alleged to have received RM15,000 from the company.