KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is probing several officers of a shipping company over allegations they were involved in graft and abuse of power to the tune of US$27.8 million (RM108.5 million).
MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the commission had received information that several shipping company officers had colluded with contractors to submit fake claims for the maintenance of several of the company’s vessels.
He said the claims were purportedly for work between 2010 and 2013 which were, in fact, not carried out.
“Acting on information received, MACC officers raided the company’s offices in the federal capital and Johor on Feb 28. In these raids, we recorded statements from nine people, including four senior officers of a shipping company, and seized several documents,” he said in a statement.
Azam said, among the allegations being investigated were claims for the repair of a tanker vessel for US$15.8 million (RM61.6 million) in 2012, when the initial estimate was placed at exactly half that amount.
He said MACC was also investigating allegations that maintenance costs on vessels owned by the shipping company caused US$12 million in losses because the process of appointing contractors did not follow proper procedures.
“In fact, our initial investigations show that there are also allegations that (part of the losses came from) the relationship between a suspect and a paint supplier in Singapore.”