By ISMAILI BASMAWI
KUCHING: The Magistrates’ Court here today ordered two company directors with ‘Datuk’ title remanded for two days to facilitate further investigations into a corruption case.
Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi ordered the suspects aged 42 and 44, respectively, to be remanded until Sept 11.
They were detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly submitting false claims involving 10 road construction projects under the Defence Ministry’s ‘Projek Jiwa Murni’ in Sarawak worth RM800 million.
The projects involved upgrading of existing roads, connecting various rural towns in Miri, Kapit, Ba’kalalan, Limbang and Baram, awarded to the company between 2010 and 2016.
The suspects were detained in a special raid conducted by the MACC in collaboration with the Defence Ministry here on Sept 8.
The prosecution, represented by S. Thangavelu, had earlier applied for a seven-day remand order under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
He told the court that the prosecution needed time to record statements, complete documentations and identify witnesses related to the case.
Defence counsels for both suspects — Shankar Ram Asnani, Lim Heng Choo, Albert Tang, Alan Lao and Lid Wina Kiew, however, objected saying it was too long.
They also argued that there was no necessity for MACC to place their clients, who are owners of a reputable company, under long remand order as both had even volunteered to assist in the investigation into the case.
Both suspects are directors and partners of a construction company in the state.
The case is being investigated under Section 16(b), 17(a) and Section 19 of the MACC Act 2009.