PUTRAJAYA – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested five individuals including a Deputy Director-General over suspicion of involvement in corruption scandal on the approval and giving special exemption to several companies to carry Heavy Grade Oil into Malaysian waters.
Also arrested was a Division Secretary of a political party and three shipping company directors.
All five individuals aged between 35 and 54 were arrested while giving their statements at the Putrajaya MACC Headquarters last night.
According to a source, the two senior government officers were found to have abused their power by issuing exemption letters to certain companies without the knowledge and approval from the Ministry of Transport.
The Director-General of the Department had no knowledge at all about the issuance of the exemption letter when he had issued a letter to prohibit the usage of ‘Single Hull, Double Bottom’ in carrying Heavy Grade Oil in Malaysian waters.
“There were many complaints received from other shipping operators who had shifted to Double Hull, Double Bottom.
“This is concurrent with the international standards to prevent leakage and pollution of the ocean due to oil spill by the Single Hull ships,” he said.
According to the source, the five suspects will be brought to the Putrajaya Magistrate Court today for remand order under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
“The case is investigated under Section 17 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operation) of MACC, Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya verified the arrest but refused to comment further. –MalaysiaGazette