MACC detains eighth individual over RM27mil false claims case

PUTRAJAYA: An eighth individual has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with false claims amounting to over RM27mil.

A source said the 46-year-old man was arrested at the MACC headquarters here at about 11pm Thursday (Sept 22) when he appeared to give his statement.

Magistrate Irza Zulaikha Rohanuddin ordered the man to be remanded for three days until Monday (Sept 26), said the source.

MACC special operations division senior director Datuk Tan Kang Sai confirmed the arrest and said that the case was being investigated under Section 18 of the MACC Act.

On Wednesday, five individuals were remanded for three days until Friday (Sept 23), after they were believed to be involved in the submission of false claims for a training programme related to digital technology provided to a government agency although the training was not conducted.

Two other individuals, a former senior manager of a government agency and the owner of a digital-related company, were remanded for two days beginning Thursday (Sept 22).

The case is believed to involve two companies that were paid claims amounting to more than RM19mil and more than RM7mil to run training programmes from 2016 to 2020. – Bernama