False claims case among 3 high profile cases recorded by Kelantan MACC in 2 years

Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

KOTA BARU: A false claims case involving a former senior officer of an agency under the previous Federal government is among three high profile cases recorded by Kelantan Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

State MACC director Datuk Moh Samsudin Yusof said apart from the false claims case, the other two were for abuse of power. All three cases involved corruption of more than RM600,000.

He said the three high profile cases recorded by the state MACC since 2016 had been handed over to its headquarters for review.

“Since I took over the state MACC director’s post in 2016, it was my mission to curb corruption and leakages in the state. At the same time, increase MACC’s enforcement against immoral behaviour.

“As the result, a total of 20 corruption cases including the high profile cases were brought to court since 2016 while three others are still pending, waiting for the greenlight from our headquarters,” he told reporters after his retirement ceremony here today.

Moh Samsudin, however, refused to give further details on the three high profile cases.

He said one of the suspects was expected to be charged in court soon.

Asked on his achievement during his three years service, Moh Samsudin said the state MACC had received 551 complaints during the period which ended last month.

During this period, he said a total of 216 investigation papers including 167 inquiry papers were opened.

“Apart from that, MACC referred some of the complaints to several heads of departments for further action,” he said.

Moh Samsudin said 18 arrests were made by the state MACC since 2016 and last month involved abuse of power, receiving bribe and false claims.

It is learnt that one of the high profile case involved a senior officer of an agency from the previous Federal government who was arrested last year for making false claims of more than RM600,000.

The 35-year-old suspect will be charged under Section 18 of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd