Woman remanded for false claims involving durian saplings worth nearly RM1 mln

The woman being escorted by an MACC officer at the courthouse.

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MIRI, July 6: A female civil servant has been remanded for six days until July 12 at the Miri Magistrate Court here today to assist with the investigation of a false claim regarding durian saplings totalling RM 999,973.50.

Magistrate Leona Dominic Mojiliu issued the order against the 40 year-old suspect to enable further investigation under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, after granting an application by the MACC investigation officer, Nur faidah Roslan.

The Section provides for a fine of five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, and a maximum jail term of 20 years.

According to MACC source, the suspect, who works in a government agency in Miri, is believed to have falsified claims on the supply and delivery of 28,805 Musang King durian saplings, a project which was carried out in the Lambir constituency.

Detained on Monday (July 5) by MACC, she was the third accused in this case, after two others were remanded in Kuching on June 24.

The incident took place in December 2019 when the durian saplings were not fully delivered despite full payments being made for the claims. — DayakDaily