Exclusive: 'Tan Sri's clients are businessmen'

ALIZA SHAH


“CLIENTS” of the Tan Sri detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for allegedly trying to bribe the Sultan of Johor are mere businessmen.

Sources said many of the man’s clients received titles even though they did not contribute anything to the country or society.

A source said the 54-year-old man acted as an “agent” of sorts and received a commission from those he helped get titles.

“Among his clients are members of the public who are involved in various types of businesses. They were conferred with the titles even though they did not contribute to the country,” the source said.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Deputy Chief Commissioner Datuk Azam Baki said the commission was zooming in on several people who had been conferred titles with the help of the “agent”.

“We are investigating the matter and we are trying to locate witnesses to assist us.

“We are narrowing down the list of those who had received titles with the help of this agent and want to see how they got the title and if they really deserved it,” Azam said.

He declined to reveal the number of those involved.

Asked whether the agent would be charged after his five-day remand period ends tomorrow, Azam said the agency would decide then.

The Tan Sri surrendered himself at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on Friday after he was given an ultimatum to either surrender or have his identity be made public.

Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, last month, revealed that the agent had offered him RM2 million to propose names to the chief secretary to the government for the “Tan Sri” titles bestowed by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

In an exclusive interview with the Media Prima Bhd Group, Sultan Ibrahim said the individual claimed that the ruler had a quota of Tan Sri titles to give out and that he should might as well make a profit from it.

Sultan Ibrahim later revealed the name of the agent to MACC.