(File pix) ‘Datuk’ charged with accepting bribe amounting to RM360,009.08.

PUTRAJAYA: A former chief executive officer and managing director of Tekun Nasional, who was under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) since 2015, is expected to be charged tomorrow at the Shah Alam sessions court for allegedly soliciting a RM36,000 bribe.

According to an MACC source, the 62-year-old suspect, with a ‘Datuk’ title, was arrested at his home in Bukit Bandaraya, Shah Alam, at 5.15pm yesterday, after returning from an umrah trip.

He is suspected of having accepted the bribe in exchange for speeding up the claims payment process of a debt collector company, amounting to RM360,009.08, on Jan 15, 2015.

The suspect was arrested at the Shah Alam Club while receiving the money from the owner of the debt collector company.

The MACC source said the suspect, who held the two positions from 2008 to 2014, had appointed a company allegedly to collect bad debts from a borrower who had two years’ worth of arrears.

The bribe comprised 10 per cent of the proceeds of Tekun Nasional Bad Debts for Nov 2014.

It is learnt that the Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general, who is currently on remand until Jan 11, had also served as a board member of Tekun Nasional.

"The MACC is investigating if both individuals are (connected to) the corruption case," the source said.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the arrest.

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