The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today arrested three more individuals to assist in the investigation into the alleged embezzlement of RM1.5 billion from a Rural and Regional Development Ministry allocation meant for development projects in Sabah.
An MACC source said, the three individuals were Parti Warisan Sabah Youth chief Mohd Azis Jamman, while the other two were Jamawi Jaafar, who heads the Tenom UMNO Youth wing, and Ariffin Kassim, who is Tawau UMNO Youth leader.
According to past reports, Jamawi Jaafar was a former special officer to Mohd Shafie Apdal, who was previously rural and regional development minister.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki, when contacted, confirmed the arrests but declined to elaborate.
It was earlier reported that 350 projects under the ministry were being scrutinised by the MACC over allegations of embezzlement of RM1.5 billion in federal funds.
These projects were carried out between 2010 and 2016 in the Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan districts.
The RM1.5 billion was said to be part of RM7.5 billion allocated for projects in Sabah involving water, electricity and road infrastructure development projects.
Earlier last week, the MACC remanded three men, including Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Peter Anthony, for investigations over alleged corrupt practices in the implementation of projects.
The other two were Yu Sin Kong a 52-year-old owner of a construction company and Norhartaty binti Rahmat former deputy secretary of a division in the Ministry of rural and regional development (KKLW).