Johor gov't offers full cooperation to MACC in real estate scandal probe

Chuah Bee Kim

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government respects the move by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to detain state housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Abd Latif Bandi, who is currently on leave from office.

Abd Latif was detained on Thursday, and remanded for a week until March 16, to facilitate MACC’s probe into the Johor real estate corruption scandal involving his son and special aide, who were arrested on Feb 24.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin stressed that they will give their full cooperation to the MACC and will not interfere with the investigation in any way.

"The state government is fully aware of the importance of the law and enforcement process, which has to go smoothly and freely.

"It is a pledge and commitment of the state government to ensure that the development and administration of Johor is free of corruption and misappropriation," Khaled said.

He also called on every government officer, staff and member of the public to offer their full support and cooperation towards eliminating graft.

"Let us keep our focus on our duty and do our best to ensure the running of the state government is not interrupted.

"At the same time, the state government hopes for fairness for everyone and all things," he added.