BY BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – Fourteen people who were arrested last week in the ongoing massive corruption probe into the Sabah Water Department scandal, were released on bail Wednesday.
Ten of them were released at a magistrates court here, three in Lahad Datu and one in Tawau, disclosed a Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) source.
MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the release.
The 10 released in Kota KInabalu include five division engineers, three district engineers, a technician and an officer.
In Lahad Datu, those released were a division engineer and two technicians.
Another department engineer was freed from remand in Tawau.
All the engineers were released on a RM200,000 MACC undeposited bail with two sureties each.
The technicians and officer were released on a RM50,000 MACC undeposited bail with two sureties each.
The graft probe is one the biggest in the country carried out by MACC involving abuse of power, corruption and money laundering from the RM3.3bil in federal allocations for water projects since 2010.
The scandal broke open on Oct 4, when the MACC arrested the director and deputy director of the department, and seized from them over RM115 million in cash, jewelry, branded handbags and expensive watches, along with nine luxury vehicles.
Land titles and more money deposited in overseas banks were later recovered bring the total of ill-gotten wealth to almost RM200 million.
Also arrested but now on bail like the duo, are a contractor, the elder brother of the department’s deputy director, his accountant, and an adviser attached to the state Ministry of Finance.
On Wednesday, Azam was also reported as saying that his investigators are now sifting through stacks of documents, which could fill up a tennis court, as they piece together the mind-boggling case.