District Officer In Terengganu Remanded Over Alleged RM500,000 False Claims

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KUALA TERENGGANU: A district officer in Terengganu has been remanded six days over alleged false claims amounting to RM500,000.

The remand order was issued by Kuala Terengganu magistrate/sessions court assistant registrar Roszita Saad, to allow the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) to conduct investigations under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009.

The 59-year-old was arrested when he turned up to have his statement recorded at the state MACC headquarters about 5pm on Sunday.

His arrest was believed to have been a follow-up to that detention of the chairman of a district youth council who had been remanded for seven days beginning Jan 9.

The district officer, responsible for the management of allocations for general assistance as a representative of the state secretary, is suspected of having colluded to issue two cheques totaling RM500,000.

The cheques, for RM300,000 and RM200,000, were said to have been cut and issued to the district youth council even though no application had been made for such assistance.

The amount was supposedly to run 32 programmes held by the council, though no such programmes were held.

Under Section 18 of the MACC Act, those found guilty face a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the claims or RM10,000, whichever is higher.