Remanded: Datuk Seri Paid RM19M to Allegedly Cover Up MACC Probe

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Bank accounts froze as well as four luxury cars, RM2.5m house, RM167k TV seized.

A high-profile businessman with a ‘Datuk Seri’ title who is believed to be also an actor in an upcoming local action film has been remanded for six days on suspicion of accepting an RM19 million bribe to close investigations into the RM6.3 billion Penang mega project involving three main roads and an undersea tunnel.

The 37-year-old suspect is believed to have accepted the money from a company after he said he was able to “settle” the case.

“The suspect had thrown in the names of several political figures to convince the contractor that he would be able to ‘close’ the file on the investigation. He had also claimed that these political figures could have ‘a word’ with the MACC,” a source was quoted saying in the New Straits Times.

A source said the company paid RM19 million in stages in July and August last year.

“MACC is conducting investigations into the feasibility studies of the mega project in Penang, and the suspect is believed to have convinced a company that he can get the probe shut down and ‘settled’.

“The first RM2 million was paid in July last year at the suspect’s house,” the source told Bernama yesterday.

The source said the second payment of RM15 million was made in the same month, and the third and final payment was made last August.

The suspect was detained at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya at 3.48pm yesterday after he was called to give a statement relating to the case.

The MACC today froze four company bank accounts containing RM3.6 million, and confiscated four luxury vehicles, an RM2.5 million house located in Petaling Jaya and a television worth RM167,900.

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The four luxury vehicles seized were a Hyundai Starex, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota Vellfire.

The latest arrest brings the number of people arrested by the MACC to five. Prior to this, another Datuk Seri, two Datuks and a female engineering consultant had been detained to assist in investigations.

The Penang tunnel and highways project has been dogged by controversy, including the high cost of its feasibility studies as well as payment made using state government land.


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