Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) arrest of a high-ranking Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officer has sent shock waves through DBKL.
The news of an executive director in the local government being detained had taken everyone by surprise, including Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.
“I am shocked. I had no idea about it until Monday,” Amin Nordin said when contacted about the matter.
“I am very sad about the whole affair as I keep driving home the point with my staff every day to live clean, to live within their means,” he said.
“Every civil servant has to declare their assets each year along with their bank accounts as well as their house to show they are living within their means.
“I tell them daily to not go overboard with unnecessary claims, to be transparent and honest,” he said, adding that DBKL started the integrity unit in March 2008.
When asked to comment on the offence the officer was arrested for, Amin Nordin said the individual was being investigated for projects he was involved with in his previous position dealing with planning and development.
“DBKL will cooperate fully with MACC on this. It is definitely a black mark in our history as it is the first time it involves a high-ranking officer,” he added.
The news has spread like wildfire in City Hall, with many expressing shock and disbelief over the incident.
“I cannot believe it,” said a staff who wished to remain anonymous.
“He was a man of few words and always came off as a no-nonsense person,” said the staff.
“He hardly spoke to anyone, had very little to say. In fact, I never thought he would be among those to be picked up by MACC,” said another DBKL employee.
“He was known as the numbers guy since he came from an accounting background,” said a media member.
“But he was media-shy and always kept away from the press. It was difficult getting him to talk,” said the pressman.
Yesterday, The Star reported that a DBKL executive director with a “Datuk Seri” title had been remanded to assist a probe into misuse of power and bribery involving high-ranking government officials.
The 54-year-old suspect was remanded for seven days by Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Ab Rahman at Putrajaya yesterday.
An MACC spokesman said the suspect was being investigated under Section 17(a) and Section 23 of the MACC Act over suspicion of receiving bribery and abuse of power, as well as Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti Money Laundering Act.
The suspect was arrested at his office in Kuala Lumpur on Monday at 3pm, in a simultaneous three-state swoop by MACC that also saw two other top officers arrested separately in Kelantan and Malacca.