Report: MACC seizes documents from Malacca CM's office

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) seized documents from Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron's office in a surprise visit yesterday, the New Straits Times reported.

The CM was also questioned during the raid which lasted four hours, the daily reported.

The anti-graft body left with "several boxes" of evidence to facilitate an ongoing investigation on a civil servant who "also had links to the chief minister's office", it said.

The civil servant's bank account containing millions of ringgit have also been frozen, the daily reported.

The raid was conducted by a team from the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya, it said.

Met at an event last night, Idris (photo) said the MACC came to set a date to complete investigations into arrests of civil servants in Malacca.

"I will let you know when it happens," he reportedly said.

Meanwhile, Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said the MACC action was welcomed but it remained to be seen if the agency would nab a big fish or a small fry.

He noted MACC's visit to Idris' office came after a "datuk" senior government officer was arrested on Nov 28 and RM11 million in 22 of his bank accounts frozen.

The MACC also arrested a contractor and froze another RM12 million in 24 bank accounts.

Shamsul, who is also Malacca PKR chief, claimed the said officer had also served during former chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam's time and therefore it should be looked at.

"It raises the question if the officer had practiced corruption since when Ali Rustam was chief minister," he said.

He also urged Idris to publicly clarify MACC's visit to his office and urged government officers with information to blow the whistle.

The raid happened amid MACC's swoop on civil servants, including the remand of a federal ministry secretary-general.

The MACC seized about RM5 million in cash and gold bars in the secretary-general's case, which also saw two of his sons remanded.

Meanwhile, Johor Baru deputy district officer Ahmad Ehwan Ahmad, 56, pleaded not guilty to accepting a bribe of RM150,000.

He is charged with accepting bribe to approve the transfer of construction material at an Affin Bank branch in Kebun Teh Commercial City, Johor Baru on Sept 6 last year.

He was charged under Section 156 of the Penal Code which carries the maximum penalty of two years' jail or a fine or both.

Bail was set at RM30,000 in one surety. The case is set for mention on Feb 14.

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