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Datuk among 9 remanded by MACC over bribes linked to automotive body

Two of the suspects are believed to have solicited and received the bribes from three others in return for helping their company obtain grants from 2018 to 2020.

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has remanded nine individuals including one with a “Datuk” title to facilitate investigations into RM85 million worth of projects involving an automative-related institute in the country.

A source said the nine were believed to have been arrested yesterday evening at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

It said four were company owners while the rest comprised a medical adviser, an accountant, a company director, a chief executive and a chief operating officer.

The remand orders for between three and six days were issued at the Magistrate’s Court in Putrajaya today.

According to the source, two male suspects who had been remanded for six days were believed to have solicited and received bribes of more than RM14.9 million from three more suspects in return for helping their company obtain grants through three others from 2018 to 2020.

When contacted, MACC Special Operations Division senior director Tan Kang Sai confirmed the arrests and remand orders.

He said all nine had been arrested under Section 17(1) of the MACC Act 2009.

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