MACC dismantles cartel in Shah Alam City Council for project monopoly, says chief commissioner


MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said so far nine people, including several MBSA staff and a senior officer, have been involved in the investigation. — photo by Bernama

Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:21 PM MYT

GEORGE TOWN, September 29 – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has busted a cartel within the Shah Alam Municipal Council (MBSA) that allegedly monopolized project tenders within the local authority in following a raid last Sunday.

MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said so far nine people, including several MBSA staff and a senior officer, have been involved in the investigation.

“Nine people have been arrested and MACC is still investigating. One of the conclusions we got is that the senior officer received valuables worth tens of thousands of ringgits, we are investigating how the bribery happened and how a company controlled 30 other companies to get projects in MBSA,” he told reporters here today.

Last Sunday, MACC arrested three people, namely two MBSA officials and a contractor suspected of being connected to a state government project.

Azam added that MACC is also expected to complete the investigation of the Employment Recruitment Incentive Scheme (Penjana Kerja) misrepresentation and embezzlement case involving RM100 million within a month.

He said the investigation into the case took some time as it involved many suspects and many other parties, but so far MACC has opened 62 investigation documents and detained 38 men and 13 women. to help with the investigation.

“This case has nothing to do with politics, it’s like a robbery in broad daylight where a group of individuals saw an opportunity (to take advantage of) the government’s generosity to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19,” he said.

MACC had previously undertaken a large-scale operation with the Social Security Organization (Socso) to investigate the issue of misrepresentation and embezzlement of Penjana Kerja funds in several states across the country.

The operation followed information obtained as a result of surveillance and intelligence by MACC in collaboration with Socso, which revealed that some employers had submitted false declarations and misappropriated funds from the program. — Bernama

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