Johor real estate scandal: Remand for 6 ends tomorrow

Chuah Bee Kim

JOHOR BARU: The remand order for six men, including a son and a special aide to a Johor state executive councillor, allegedly involved in a real estate corruption scandal, comes to an end tomorrow.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), currently investigating the high-profile case, has not given any indication on its next course of action against the suspects, who are still under investigations.

The six suspects, aged between 25 and 50, were arrested by the MACC since Feb 24 for alleged involvement in a real estate corruption scandal that is believed to have caused the state government to lose tens of thousands of ringgit in potential housing revenue.

MACC froze RM15.5 million in 45 bank accounts and seized 21 luxury cars, five high-powered motorcycles and RM500,000 in local and foreign currencies related to the case.

A seventh suspect in the same case was picked up on Feb 28.

Meanwhile, Johor Youth Council president Manndzri Nasib said he praised State Housing and Local Government committee chairman Datuk Abd Latif Bandi for taking leave so that the MACC can conduct the probe without fear or favour.

“Latif’s action speaks of responsible leadership and he is a gentleman,” he said in a statement.

At the same time, Manndzri expressed faith in the country’s law system and the integrity of the MACC.