Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Malaysia: Three directors detained in a pay-to-play scheme


The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained three individuals suspected to have given out bribes to secure procurement of an advertising contract worth more than RM90 million from a government agency last year.

The three company directors are aged between 31 and 48 and were apprehended at the MACC headquarters yesterday evening.

“MACC has identified the officers from the government agency which were involved and would be making a series of arrests involving those who conspired with the three company directors,” said the MACC in a statement on the operations dubbed Ops Panorama.

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According to sources, the company was alleged to have submitted false documents as well as furnished false information to secure the bid.

The company which was allegedly unqualified also failed the technical and financial assessments that followed.

“But because bribes had been given all the basic conditions were dismissed to enable them to get the contract,” the source claimed.

The investigation is conducted under Section 17(A) and 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2019.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya confirmed the arrests.

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All three of them would be taken to the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court today to be remanded.


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