A corruption investigation into what could involve some half-a-billion ringgit in bribes to facilitate foreign worker quotas has led to the arrest of eight individuals including the CEO of an information technology company.
The eight, who were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday, are suspected of receiving bribes of RM800 to RM1,500 to help employers or agents obtain foreign worker quotas.
A source said that the technology company was believed to have operated as a platform provider for foreign worker applications appointed by the government, and had been involved in processing approximately 345,861 quotas from May to the end of July this year.
Six of the suspects were remanded for three days while the other two were released on MACC bail after giving their statements.
The remand order was given by magistrate Irza Zulaikha Rohanuddi at the Putrajaya Magistrate's Court this morning.
According to the source, the CEO who is in his 50s, a senior officer in his 40s, and the six other suspects were arrested last night at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya where they had gone for questioning.
When contacted, MACC senior investigation director Hishamuddin Hashim confirmed the remand.
He said the case is being investigated under Section 16 (a) of the MACC Act 2009.