7 PTD officers, including a 'Datuk', remanded 5 days for alleged misuse of GE14 funds

Hashini Kavishtri Kannan, MOHD HUSNI MOHD NOOR

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today obtained a five-day remand order against seven Administrative and Diplomatic Officers (PTD) for allegedly misusing funds allocated for 14th General Election.

The senior officers, from Grade 44 to 48 Jusa B in the civil service, were attached with the Prime Minister's Department.

One of them, carrying a 'Datuk' title, was a deputy director general in the department's intelligence division.

The six of them were detained at the PM's Department and while the deputy director general was arrested at MACC headquarters here between 12pm and 10pm yesterday.

The remand order, granted by Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim, expired on Sept 1.

Meanwhile, a MACC spokesperson said the actual amount involved, believed to be millions of ringgit, has yet to be ascertained.

The case was being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for abuse of power for gratification.

Previously, MACC had detained 17 people, comprising of officers and security guards from the department for allegedly misusing RM3.5 million allocated for the GE14. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd