Datuks in Jiwa Murni project graft case released on bail

One of the suspects in court on Friday. – Malay Mail photo

THE two company directors at the centre of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) graft probe into the RM800 million ‘Jiwa Murni’ rural road project have been released on bail.

This was confirmed by the director’s lawyers Shankar Ram, and Albert Tang who respectively represent the suspects, both Datuks, aged 44 and 42, Borneo Post reported.

“My client is released and we record our appreciation to MACC in their handling of the matter done professionally and my appreciation to learned DPP (deputy public prosecutor) S. Thangavelu and his team,” said Shankar .

Tang, when contacted said: “SPRM (MACC) released both suspects and court made an order of release.”

Both suspects were released on MACC’s bail.

The duo was arrested on Tuesday before their remand order was extended for another two days on Friday as the MACC required more time to complete their probe.

The case was investigated under Sections 16(b), 17(a) and 18 of the MACC Act 2009, which carries penalties of imprisonment for a term not exceeding 20 years and a fine not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification which is the subject matter of the offence, upon conviction.

The project, under the Defence Ministry, involved the implementation of 10 rural road upgrading works in Miri, Kapit, Ba Kelalan, Limbang and Belaga.

It was awarded by the ministry to the company for a tenure from 2010 to 2016.

In its statement, MACC said: “Our informant said many complaints had been lodged by locals against the poor condition of these rural roads because they were not built according to specifications.”

It added that these rural roads located in Miri, Kapit, Ba Kelalan, Limbang and Belaga were damaged after few months of building.

MACC said based on technical research, the works done were not in accordance with the Public Works Department’s (JKR) standard.