Johor real estate scandal: Exco man released on RM200,000 bail

Chuah Bee Kim

JOHOR BARU: Johor executive council member Datuk Abd Latif Bandi was released on RM200,000 bail after his seven-day remand to assist in a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation expired today.

This was the outcome of proceedings after Latif was brought to the Johor Baru magistrate's court at the end of his seven-day remand, which ended today, to facilitate investigations into a real estate corruption scandal in the state.

Latif arrived at court at 9.10am and left at 9.25am.

Johor Baru magistrate court registrar Saba'aton Daud set the bail.

Latif’s eldest sister, clad in a red scarf and baju kurung, was seen outside the courtroom providing moral support.

Latif is being investigated under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act, and Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

On Feb 24, six individuals, including Latif’s son and special officer, were arrested by the MACC over a Johor real estate corruption scandal.

A seventh suspect was arrested a few days later, but all were later released on bail.

The MACC also froze 45 bank accounts, valued at RM15.5 million and seized 21 luxury cars, five high-powered motorcycles, RM500,000 in cash in various currencies, branded handbags and RM41,000 in cash from Latif's house.