Five-day remand for 5 current, ex-National Civics Bureau staff over false claims

The suspects outside the court after the remand order was made.

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KUCHING, July 25: Two senior assistant directors and three former officers of the National Civics Bureau were today remanded for five days to facilitate investigations for allegedly making false claims amounting to RM600,000.

Magistrate Mohd Syukri Mokhtar issued the order after allowing an application by state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecuting officer Dzulkarnain Rousan Hasbi.

Mohd Syukri also allowed the female suspects to be detained at Satok police station, after considering Dzulkarnain’s explanation that MACC’s lock up were all designed for male detainees.

The five, three men and two women, aged between 34 and 55, were detained between 4pm and 5pm after they gave their statements at the state MACC office yesterday.

They were alleged to have abetted 43 companies in Sarawak to submit documents containing false information in their claim applications.

The claims ranged between RM2,000 and RM6,000 each. All payments made were deposited directly into several company owners’ accounts in 2016.

Initial investigations found that all the five suspects are believed to have gained profit from the companies of their choice, and 70 per cent of the services or supplies stated by the companies were non-existent or not implemented during the stated period. — DayakDaily