KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has recorded one of its largest ever seizures, totalling RM112 million, following its probe on four people, including two senior officers of a Sabah government agency.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said RM45 million was seized from a director while RM7.2 million was confiscated from a deputy director.
"This is the biggest seizure involving civil servants. The most we had confiscated in the past was RM10 million.
"In the operation, MACC raided their office and houses. We also seized about RM23 million from bank accounts belonging to the officers and their family members," he told a press conference here today.
Six safe deposit boxes, with one containing RM2.5 million, were also seized. MACC also froze RM37 million from a company bank account linked to one of the officers.
Other items seized in the operation included luxury cars, jewellery, handbags, and 127 land title grants.
Yesterday, the 54-year-old director and 51-year-old deputy director were arrested under suspicion of having monopolised projects under the purview of their department and given them to their relatives.
Azam said both officers had handled infrastructure construction projects valued at more than RM3.3 billion since 2010.
At the press conference today, MACC displayed the seized items including boxes of cash in both ringgit and foreign currency, gold jewelry, as well as luxury watches.
Following their arrests, MACC picked up the deputy director's brother, who is a 55-year-old Datuk and businessman, as well as the latter's 50-year-old accountant to facilitate investigation.
The four people would be remanded for seven days beginning today.
Based on investigation, Azam said MACC believed the senior officers had also kept money in a neighbouring country and that several individuals would be called in to assist in the probe.