Deputy general manager of GLC detained for graft

A deputy general manager of a government-linked company (GLC) was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist investigations into alleged abuse of power involving suspicious transactions worth more than RM2.4 million.

According to an MACC source, the 44-year-old deputy general manager was detained at the Johor MACC headquarters about 3pm yesterday.

Also arrested were a 55-year-old GLC project director and the 34-year-old personal assistant to the deputy general manager.

They were detained on suspicion of having abused their power by soliciting and accepting bribes from contractors as an inducement to allow the contractors to receive full payment for their monthly claims for landscape maintenance work from the GLC.

“The MACC investigation found that the deputy general manager and the project director would directly ensure that landscape contracts, worth about RM44 million, under their supervisions were awarded to eight companies through three stages, namely e-Bidding, One-off Contract and Maintainance,” the source told Bernama.

According him, the deputy general manager would instruct the GLC executives to give 80 percent marks to contractors in charge of landscape maintenance work so they receive full payments from monthly claims submitted.

Whereas the project director, having the power to appoint contractors, suppliers and consultants, and also to approve payments, would also approve the claims submitted by the contractors so that they received full payment as stated in the contract.

Read the full original article at malaysiakini.

Ombudsman clears De Lima of charges of financial terrorism, violation of anti-graft law

The Office of the Ombudsman has cleared Senator Leila de Lima of charges of financing terrorism and violation of the anti-graft law that graft investigators found to be based on hearsay.

In a joint resolution, the Ombudsman also junked administrative charges of grave misconduct, dishonesty, neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service against De Lima, currently detained on drug charges.

Also cleared in the nine-page resolution written by graft investigation and prosecution officer Rolando Manjares were former Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan, Mehol K. Sadain and Edilwasif Baddiri, former chairman and commissioner of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and private respondent Wendel F. Sotto, Tan’s lawyer.

Read the full original article at Manila Bulletin.

New anti-corruption commission sues deputy district commissioner for irregularities, embezzlement

The new Anti-Corruption Commission has for the first time filed a lawsuit against the deputy commissioner of Phapun District of the General Administration Department for irregularities in allotting 20 land plots and embezzlement of over K33.3 million of mineral revenues.

The lawsuit started on February 4 against Deputy Commissioner Thien Zaw Oo under Section (56) of the Anti-Corruption Law as he, while serving as Tamu District commissioner, was found to have committed irregularities in allotting 20 plots and embezzled K24.2 million in 2016 and K9.1 million in 2017 that were collected as revenues from extracting minerals.

Since the new commission chaired by former Information Minister Aung Kyi took office last November to January this year, more than 760 complaints had been received. Many complaints are related to mismanagement of administrators and departmental rows and disputes. However, few complaints have faced legal action.

Dr U Myint, a well-known economist of the country, hinted that legal action should be taken against some notorious corrupt persons as an example by saying that "It is necessary to fry some big fish".

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Aung Kyi said that anti-corruption had been a burning desire of the public and corruption itself is a common enemy for every citizen. He commented that fight against corruption also requires public cooperation.

Read the full original article at Eleven.

PM, 1MDB get stay of high court order to file defence in lawsuit

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) obtained a stay of a High Court decision ordering them to file their defence in a civil lawsuit with regard to 1MDB's settlement with the International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC).

A Court of Appeal three-man bench, comprising Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh, Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi and Datuk Kamardin Hashim, unanimously allowed the stay application by Najib and 1MDB pending disposal of their appeal at the appellate court.

Najib, 1MDB and the Government of Malaysia have filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the High Court dismissal of their application to strike out the lawsuit filed against them by 10 Gerakan Anak Muda Tolak Najib (GANT1) members. The matter is fixed for case management on Feb 13.

In granting the stay order, Justice Mohd Zawawi, who led the bench, said the court was of the opinion that if the stay was refused, it would be a waste of judicial time in the event the appellate court ruled in favour of the applicants (Najib and 1MDB) in the striking-out matter.

On July 11 last year, GANT1, headed by Parti Amanah Negara Youth deputy chief Muhammad Faiz Fadzil and nine other individuals filed the lawsuit against Najib, 1MDB and the Government of Malaysia.

The lawsuit was over a consent award at the London Court of International Arbitration entered by 1MDB with IPIC concerning 1MDB's alleged US$3.5 billion bond assistance from IPIC and its subsidiary Aabar Investment PJS (Aabar Asli) for the purchase of an energy plant.

Read the full original article at The Edge Markets.

Court hands Vietnam oil official another life sentence for corruption

A high-profile former Vietnamese oil executive was sentenced to life in jail for embezzlement on Monday, two weeks after was also imprisoned for life on similar charges in a separate case, state media reported.

Trinh Xuan Thanh, a former official whom Germany said was kidnapped by Vietnamese agents in a Berlin park in scenes reminiscent of the Cold War, was jailed for life for embezzling assets form Petroleum Power Property JSC (PV Power Land), the state-run Voice of Vietnam news website reported.

Thanh was a former chairman of PetroVietnam Construction. Both companies are units of Vietnam's state oil and gas group PetroVietnam, among the biggest firms in the Southeast Asian nation.

PetroVietnam is at the heart of Vietnam's widespread corruption crackdown initiated by the ruling Communist Party.

Thanh was also sentenced to life in prison two weeks ago for violating state regulations and embezzlement in another corruption case that also involved Dinh La Thang, Vietnam's highest-ranking politician charged in decades and also a former PetroVietnam chairman. Thang was jailed for 13 years.

Judges in the Hanoi court also sentenced another energy official, Dinh Manh Thang, to nine years in jail for embezzlement. He is Dinh La Thang's brother.

Six others were also sentenced to jail terms of between 10 years and life, Voice of Vietnam reported.

Read the full original article at Channel NewsAsia.

'Director lived a lavish lifestyle, owned factory'

He had reportedly amassed millions of ringgit, had a lavish lifestyle and could even afford to own a factory processing drinking water.

Those are among the secrets of the Perlis Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) director, who is at the centre of investigations over alleged graft and abuse of power.

Kedah Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mohamad said based on initial investigations, the 60-year-old man was believed to have amassed millions of ringgit in kickbacks from contractors since 2014.

He said the director, who is under remand till Monday, also allegedly owned a factory processing drinking water in Perlis from the wealth he had amassed.

“Our initial investigations showed that the director not only owns a bungalow and luxury cars, but also a factory processing drinking water in Perlis.

“He had amassed millions of ringgit, which we suspect are kickbacks received from the contractors since assuming the post in 2014,” Fauzi said.

He said to date, the number of individuals arrested remain at three: the DID director, his son and an owner of a company.

Read the full original article at New Straits Times.

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