A 'Datuk' And His Two Sons Were Arrested For Abusing Power To Live A Lavish Lifestyle

He is part of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

  • The secretary-general of a federal ministry was arrested yesterday, 4 January, for allegations of corruption

    • Bernama reported that he was picked up from his home at USJ Subang Jaya at about 8am yesterday and was taken to Putrajaya for further investigation.

  • Shortly after the arrest, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed that the 59-year-old man in question is the current Ministry secretary-general, Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman from the Rural and Regional Development Ministry

    • "The suspect was arrested for allegedly having used his position to abuse his power and accept bribes," said an anonymous source to Bernama.

      The arrest was confirmed by MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Azam Baki when contacted by Bernama.

  • The suspect's two sons, aged 29 and 34, were also arrested after they gave their statements at the MACC headquarters yesterday, 4 January

    • NST reported that the authorities will be investigating the duo, who are managers of two different companies as accessories to the corruption case tied to their father.

  • To date, the MACC has seized items amounting to more than RM3 million from the secretary-general, including luxury watches and handbags, foreign currency, cash, gold bars and fountain pens

  • The trio is being investigated under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act for misusing their position to receive gratification

      • F76e Image via MACC via NST
        MACC officers escorting the secretary-general out of the magistrate's court this morning.
    • They are currently under remand for seven days, effective today until 11 January, to assist in the investigations.

  • Last year, it was reported that RM171.77 million was seized from more than 1,000 government officials and government-linked companies from the year 2014 till 2016:

  • Prior to that, in October 2015, a couple of Sabah water department's high-ranking officials were arrested for corruption amounting to more than RM3 million:

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