MACC makes arrest in abuse of funds probe

(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: An aide to Selangor exco member Ronnie Liu has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist in investigations into alleged abuse of development funds worth about RM500,000 by several state assemblymen.

Wong Chuan How, 51, who is also a Sepang municipal councillor, was arrested after a brief scuffle with MACC officers at about 9.450am at his Sungai Pelek service centre near Sepang.

Minor injury: Wong resting on the ground after injuring his legs when he tried to resist arrest yesterday. He was taken to hospital for treatment later.

He is alleged to have tried to resist arrest by MACC officers.

Both parties have lodged police reports regarding the incident.

Three MACC officers went to Wong’s service centre at about 9.40am.

After a short discussion. they asked Wong to sign the caution notice informing him of his arrest.

They then asked Wong to follow them back to the MACC office for him to be questioned in connection with allegations that several state assemblymen had abused their development funds.

Sources said Wong was reluctant to sign the notice or follow them and cited the directive issued by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim on July 22, forbidding state government employees from giving statements or assisting MACC in their investigations outside their offices without the presence of their lawyers.

After a while, Wong gave in, only to change his mind when he was about to be ushered into a car driven by an MACC officer.

A scuffle broke out when Wong tried to free himself, resulting in him falling and injuring his legs in the process.

Wong demanded that he be taken to hospital for treatment.

The MACC officers obliged and took him to the Serdang Hospital where a doctor attended to Wong’s injuries.

MACC director of investigations Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull confirmed Wong’s arrest but declined to elaborate.

It is learnt that Wong was also to be quizzed on allegations that more than 230 projects in Sepang worth close to RM500,000 had been awarded to only one contractor.

The MACC is investigating irregularities in the awarding of the contracts to only one person and if kickbacks were given to secure the projects.

The MACC had last week detained two men in Klang whose company was used as a front by a contractor to obtain projects.

The contractor is alleged to have paid the two men 10% of the total value of the projects as commission and they in turn were said to have banked in some money into the account of a Pakatan Rakyat component party, also as commission.