High-ranking Perlis Drainage and Irrigation Department official arrested for allegedly receiving kickbacks

An arrested senior official had been living a “lavish life” since 2014, allegedly due to kickbacks he received from contractors hired by the Perlis Drainage and Irrigation Department.
The New Paper

A director at Perlis Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly receiving kickbacks from project contractors.

According to New Straits Times (NST), the 60-year-old man was detained on Jan 29 along with two other men, said to be business owners, for alleged abuse of power and corruption.

NST said the official had been living a “lavish life” since 2014, after receiving as much as 10 per cent on the cost of each project.’

The news website also reported that he is believed to have transferred the money to several accounts under his relatives’ names.

Another news website, The Star, also reported that MACC seized RM900,000 in cash in their raids related to the case. Four bank accounts with a total of RM2.9 million were also frozen.

“Initial investigations showed that the senior official had appointed a company which he has interest in to undertake the projects,” The Star quoted the authority as saying.