Remand extended for Tan Sri in Johor Sultan bribery attempt case

KHAIRAH N. KARIM


PUTRAJAYA: The remand order for a Tan Sri businessman, who allegedly attempted to bribe the Sultan of Johor for honorific titles, has been extended for three days.

The extension order, which takes effect tomorrow, was issued by magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman.

The order expires on April 7.

The 54-year-old businessman was remanded for five days beginning March 31 to assist an investigation into an attempt to bribe Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar for recommendations for Tan Sri title candidates.

On March 30, the businessman surrendered himself to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at their headquarters here, following a warning that his identity would be revealed to the public if he failed to do so by midnight.

The man, escorted by three MACC officers, arrived at the magistrate's court here at 9.30am, covering his face with an orange t-shirt.

He was accompanied by his lawyers, Datuk K. Kumaraendran and Datuk Joshua Kevin.

On March 25, the Johor Sultan revealed that he was offered RM2 million by an individual to suggest names to the Chief Secretary for Tan Sri titles to be awarded by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.