Project tender cartel: MACC nabs senior government officer
0 month ago, 06-Apr-2021
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 6): The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) has arrested a senior official of a government agency, on suspicion of having been involved in a project tender cartel.
Accordingto anMACC source, the 38-year-old man was detained at his house in Ampang, last night.
The man is believed to have received bribes of RM1.2 million, involving fourtransactions for providing information on project specificationsto syndicate leaders.
He is alsobelieved to have prepared bills of quantity for the projects offered, said the source.
MACCchief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki, when contacted,confirmed the arrest.
Yesterday, Bernama reported that the MACChas crippled aproject tender cartelwith the arrest of seven individuals including its mastermind.
The suspects werereported to have monopolised a total of 354 tenders from several ministries and government agencies nationwide, involving projects worth a total of RM3.8 billion.
The syndicate is said to be in operation since 2014, and is also believed to have used more than 150 companies to submit tenders or quotations to the ministries and agencies involved. – Bernama