Developer, son remanded six days over Penang land scandal

By Opalyn Mok
A prominent developer is brought to the magistrate's court this morning for the remand order, April 12, 2017. ― Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, April 12 ― The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was allowed today to detain a prominent developer and his son for six days to assist in investigations into a land scandal here.

The duo were brought to the magistrate's court at 10.55am today when magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid granted the remand order.

The 74-year-old with a “Datuk Seri” title and his 47-year-old son, who is a “Datuk”, were both handcuffed and wore orange T-shirts identifying them as MACC detainees.

The two are believed to be under investigation over the scandal involving hundreds of acres of land linked to a Bumiputra foundation.

The developer is the founder of a major property development firm in Penang with various projects in the state.

Investigators from the same case previously detained a prominent 70-year-old Datuk on March 30, who was then released on a RM100,000 bond on April 3.