Petronas Internal Probe Leads to Arrest of Trio Suspected of RM23.7M Graft

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Three people, including a senior official and a woman director of a company which had been a Petronas contractor, were arrested after Petronas carried out an internal probe and filed a complaint with the MACC.

  • PCSB paid RM23.7 million for works on drilling project
  • No work ever carried out
  • Trio suspected of collaborating in submitting inflated invoices

The arrest of three individuals, including a senior Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) officer, by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Sept 5 came after an internal investigation by the oil and gas company.

PCSB’s parent company Petronas issued a statement yesterday saying it lodged a complaint with the anti-graft agency after internal investigations into the staff concerned.

It also said it had assisted MACC investigators prior to the arrests.

“Petronas does not condone nor tolerate any form of misconduct among its employees and contractors, and is extending its fullest cooperation to MACC to further assist in its investigation if necessary,” Petronas said in its statement.

On Tuesday, the MACC said it detained three individuals over suspected corruption involving RM23.7 million.

The 45-year-old PCSB officer, who is a project delivery manager, was reportedly arrested at his office in Petronas Twin Towers, while the 57-year-old woman director of a company which had been a contractor for PCSB was detained at her residence in Jalan Cheras.

The third individual, a 28-year-old former PCSB technical assistant, was picked up at his home in Puncak Alam.

Yesterday, MACC obtained a remand order to detain the three men for six days until Sept 11.

The men were believed to have collaborated in submitting three inflated invoices for a drilling project between April and June 2015.

PCSB had made full payment to the company but no work was ever carried out, according to the MACC.

Meanwhile, Petronas emphasised its ongoing efforts to check any form of graft in its organisation and network of suppliers.

“Petronas has since 2012 been working closely with the MACC to curb and prevent corruption and misconduct, not just among employees within its group of companies, but also among contractors and third-party service providers,” it said.