KOTA KINABALU, Oct 19 — The fifth and last suspect in the multi-billion ringgit scandal involving top officials from the Sabah Water Department (SWD) has been released from the Malaysian AntiCorruption Commission (MACC)’s custody and is currently out on bail.
The former department deputy director who currently serves as the technical and engineering advisor to the state finance ministry was arrested last Thursday at his office and has been under remand since then.
He was brought to the magistrate court today for the release order by MACC investigating officer Mohd Faliq Basiruddin.
His lead counsel Chin Teck Ming said Magistrate judge Stephanie Sharron Abbie allowed the suspect to be released on a RM500,000 undeposited bond with two local sureties.
He also has to report to the MACC office monthly.
According to sources in the investigation, the 62-year-old, who retired from the department last year, was believed to have accepted kickbacks from contractors during his time in office.
Two luxury cars — a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Mercedes Benz — were seized from him
Four others suspects in the case — the Sabah Water department director, his deputy, the deputy’s “Datuk” brother, and his accountant are also currently out on bail while investigators continue taking statements, sorting through documents and collecting evidence into an alleged RM3.3 billion graft probe.
MACC had on October 4 seized cash amounting to RM114.5 million, jewellery worth RM3.64 million and 127 land grants estimated to be worth RM30 million, thus making it the biggest case in MACC’s history.
The director and his deputy have been suspended from the department indefinitely and are not allowed to leave the state while investigations continue.