VIP father and son duo remanded over Penang land scandal probe

AUDREY DERMAWAN

GEORGE TOWN: A 'Datuk Seri' and his son, a 'Datuk' have been remanded for six days to assist investigations into a land scandal involving Yayasan Bumiputra Pulau Pinang Bhd.


Magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid granted the remand application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against the duo, aged 74 and 47, respectively, effective today.


Both father and son, clad in orange MACC attire and handcuffed separately, arrived at the magistrate's court here about 10.50am.


They will be investigated under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.


The arrest of the father was made at MACC’s office in Penang, while his son was arrested in MACC’s office in Putrajaya about 7pm yesterday when they showed up to have their statements recorded.


The father and son were linked to a leading property developer in Penang, which is also listed on Bursa Malaysia.


MACC, in a statement yesterday, said the duo were believed to have abused their positions and sold land owned by a subsidiary of the foundation at a lower price, without going through proper process and procedures, which resulted in the losses of millions of ringgit to the subsidiary since several years ago.


Their arrests were made following the arrest of a trustee of the same foundation on March 29 for allegedly abusing his position for personal gains.