Eight Remanded by MACC
17 July 2020
Eight people, including five civil servants, have been remanded over taking bribes to give approval for companies to obtain bumiputra status. The court allowed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to hold the men for six days beginning Friday (July 17). The eight are believed to be operating as a syndicate to register new bumiputra companies with the Ministry of Finance for e-procurement services.
For a fee of between RM500 and RM3,500 for their services, the syndicate would get the applications approved within 24 hours without having to go through official procedures.
Of the eight detained, five are employees in the ministry’s Company Registration Unit while the others are members of the public.
All the suspects will be brought to the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court tomorrow for remand application under section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
MACC had conducted surveillance for six months before exposing the syndicate. MACC believes that the syndicate had been operating since 2017 and had collected hundreds of thousands of ringgit from companies around the Klang Valley.