Johor MACC lauded for probe into alleged real estate graft scandal

Chuah Bee Kim

KLUANG: The Johor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been praised by the Johor palace and state government for conducting its investigation into the state’s real estate corruption scandal with efficiency and professionalism.

Johor MACC director Datuk Azmi Alias said this was conveyed to him recently when he was given an audience with the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

"I nearly shed tears when I heard the palace, the Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and state secretary Azmi Rohani giving the MACC a pat on the back for the agency's efforts," Azmi said after an oath-taking ceremony by Kluang Municipal Council staff for an anti-graft campaign at Dewan Tunku Ibrahim Ismail here today.

On the ongoing investigation for which five people are still being detained for suspected involvement in real estate-related graft, Azmi said the MACC will take major action in a couple of days.

"In two days, more drastic action will be taken to correct all corruption, especially concerning the Johor real estate scandal.

"This is in accordance with the call by the Johor ruler and the state government," Azmi said.

Seven suspects, including the son and special officer of a state executive council member, have been detained since Feb 24 to facilitate the MACC's investigation. Two of the seven were released on bail on Friday.

The anti-graft body froze RM15.5 million in 45 accounts, and seized 21 luxury cars, five high-powered motorcycles and RM500,000 in local and foreign currencies during and following the arrests.