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MACC arrests gov't officers with Datuk Seri, Datuk titles for graft
Published:  Aug 15, 2016 9:10 AM
Updated: 11:29 PM

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested three government officials, two with the honorific title Datuk Seri and another with Datuk, for corruption.

In a media statement, the commission said it has also frozen their bank accounts totalling RM13 million.

The trio, who are in their 50s, were apprehended in simultaneous operations in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Kelantan between noon and 2pm this afternoon.

According to MACC, one of the suspects serves with a government department whereas the other two were attached to a local council and government-linked firm respectively.

The commission also seized a luxury condominium, including a penthouse, a bungalow as well as a Maserati, BMW and Audi cars.

The houses and cars, MACC said, were believed to have been procured through graft and money laundering.

"In the raid, MACC also found cash amounting to about RM400,000, including foreign currencies, as well as semi-luxury watches," it added.

The three are being investigated under Section 17 (a) and 23 of the MACC Act 2009 as well as 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Under the MACC Act, upon conviction, a person can face up to 20 years in prison and RM10,000 fine or five times the amount of bribe, whichever is higher.

As for the Anti-Money Laundering Act, those convicted can be imprisoned not more than 15 years and fined not lest than fives times the amount of the proceeds from illegal activities or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

"Investigations are still being carried out and the three are expected to be remanded at the Magistrate’s Court tomorrow," said the commission.

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