A 52-year-old farmer, who is also a fisherman and fishmonger (centre) has been remanded by magistrate's court assistant registration officer. Pix by Muhammad Zuhairi Zuber

MELAKA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today obtained a six-day remand order against a third person over a false claims probe involving RM2.54 million.

The remand order until Nov 28 was issued against a 52-year-old farmer, who is also a fisherman and fishmonger, by magistrate's court assistant registration officer, Mohd Anuar Ostadi.

It is learnt that the third suspect was involved in abetting with the main suspect to re-sell fertiliser meant for farmers under the Federal Government Paddy Fertilisation Scheme (SBPKP) for personal gain.

The suspect was arrested at 7.45pm at the Melaka MACC office yesterday to facilitate investigations under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009 for providing false claims.

Yesterday (Wednesday), the commission obtained a week-long remand order against the second suspect, a 46-year-old farmer.

This was after the first suspect, a 38-year-old Melaka Area Farmers' Organisation (PPK) project manager, was remanded for six days on Tuesday.

The project manager was believed to have submitted 23 false claims amounting to RM2.54 million involving 56,700 bags of fertiliser last year, which had not been approved by the Melaka PPK’s Screening Board.

The fertiliser should have been claimed by the PPK on behalf of farmers in the paddy farming sector who were participating in the SBPKP.

The second suspect and the first suspect were also believed to have been involved in a joint venture project for the cultivation of paddy on a 22.2ha leased paddy field in Merlimau, Jasin.

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