Third suspect in Jiwa Murni case released

Kuching Court Complex, which houses the Registry of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Sept 10: The third suspect in connection to the RM800 million “Jiwa Murni” project was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at 6.08pm but released today after he successfully proved that he was not related to the case.

The third suspect, believed to be in his 40s, a lawyer by profession was arrested by the MACC yesterday at his office.

He was brought by the MACC to apply for remand for 7 days before the Magistrate’s Court here today, but the MACC led by DPP S. Thangavelu failed to estalish the remand under Section 117 of the Penal Code and no said allegation was found.

Furthermore, the investigation paper of the first two suspects did not mention the third suspect.


The third suspect, who is also cousin to the first suspect, believed that his arrest stemmed from doing conveyancing documents for the first suspect.

The third suspect’s counsel Lim Heng Choo also successfully proved that he was not related to the case and thus Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi released the third suspect.

The third suspect was arrested by the MACC yesterday following the arrest of the two directors in connection with a RM800 million road construction project.

The first two suspects, believed to be the director of different companies was arrested by the MACC on Sept 8 and were under remand by the MACC until Sept 11.

The said project is under the Defence Ministry “Jiwa Murni” programme which involved the upgrading of 10 rural roads in Miri, Ba Kelalan, Limbang, Kapit and Belaga.—DayakDaily