KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested a former department director under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) over suspicion of abuse of government funds allocated for the 14th general election (GE14).
According to sources, the 61-year-old woman, who is a Datuk, was arrested at 4.15pm at the Putrajaya MACC headquarters after she went there to provide her statement.
The woman is believed to be attached to the department's intelligence division.
The source said initial investigation showed that the woman, together with seven other senior officers, were remanded on Tuesday for misusing the funds for their own personal gain.
Meanwhile, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed the arrest.
He said the suspect will be remanded at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to facilitate investigation into the case under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that MACC had obtained a five-day remand order against seven Administrative and Diplomatic Officers (PTD) for allegedly misusing millions of ringgit in funds allocated for GE14.
The senior officers were ranked from Grade 44 to 48 Jusa B in the civil service.
The remand order, granted by Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim, expired on Sept 1.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed the arrest. - NSTP FILE PIC
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