MELAKA: A lorry driver became the fifth person on Monday to be remanded as part of a probe into the alleged embezzlement of RM2.54 million involving the Federal Government Paddy Fertiliser Scheme (SBPKP).

The five-day remand order beginning Monday against the 35-year-old was issued by the magistrate's court's assistant registration officer Mohd Anuar Ostadi.

The man, who was arrested at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) office here at 5.30pm on Sunday, is believed to have conspired with Melaka Area Farmers' Organisation (PPK) project manager Muhammad Nasir Razak to resell bags of fertiliser for their own benefit.

The MACC has thus far arrested Nasir, 38; a 46-year-old farmer; a 52-year-old farmer who is also a fisherman and fishmonger; and a 50-year-old smallholder to facilitate investigations.

They are being probed under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009.

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A 35-year-old lorry driver was remanded on Monday as part of a probe into the alleged embezzlement of RM2.54 million involving the Federal Government Paddy Fertiliser Scheme (SBPKP). Pix by Muhammad Hatim Ab Manan