MACC arrests son of businessman in RM13m DID contract probe

KUALA LUMPUR: A businessman with a Tan Sri title held by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over RM13 million work contract awarded to him by Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) saw his 31-year-old son detained just hours after his arrest on Wednesday.

The man was arrested on Wednesday night in Johor to assist in the investigations on his father, the 63-year-old Tan Sri and a former vice-president of the MIC.

Yesterday, both father and son, and four others, namely a former DID director of a special project unit; and the department's current staff - a site engineer, a district engineer and an assistant engineer, all aged between 33 and 62 were produced at the Putrajaya magistrate's court where they were remanded for six days for further investigations.

The suspects were arrested by the MACC over an alleged fraudulent claim of RM13 million for the supply of 358 geotubes meant for dredging and excavation work involving river restoration projects.

However, only 89 geotubes worth RM4 were supplied to the DID by the Tan Sri's company.

Sources said the detained ex-DID director and the current engineers were allegedly in cahoots with the Tan Sri in pulling off the fraud.

The businessmen was detained in Johor while the rest were held in Malacca and Seremban.