KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested three individuals including two former Chairmen of municipal councils in Selangor for allegedly accepting bribes from project contractors and property developers in their area.

According to a source, the former chairmen are now District Officers (DO) and the 47-year-old duo were arrested at the MACC Headquarters after giving their statement at the commission late last night.

A contractor was also arrested to assist in the investigation for allegedly bribing the two suspects in order to monopolise all projects offered in the two municipal councils led by the two Chairmen.

The 42-year-old contractor is believed to have control over 16 companies registered under his relatives and employees’ names that have monopolised projects from 2018 until 2021 worth millions of ringgit.

The source also said that the two former Chairmen would also receive five percent from the value of the project in gratification.

Besides that, they also received various benefits such as a RM1million house, RM500,000 in cash and tour package to Europe in order to approve the permit for a property developer to plan and develop areas.

Several raids were conducted around Selangor since early morning yesterday.

The investigation is ongoing under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act, upon conviction, it carries a jail term not exceeding 20 years and a fine amounting to five times of the value of gratification.

Deputy Chief Commissioner of MACC (Operations), Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya verified the arrest but he refused to comment further.

The trio have been brought to the Putrajaya Magistrate Court today. Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim approved their remand order under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedures Code for six days beginning today until 28 July. –MalaysiaGazette