Sabah Water Scandal: Luxury Cars Seized In Graft Case Worth RM2.7m

Nine luxury cars seized between them included a Range Rover, Mercedes, Volvo, Lexus, Mazda, Audi, BMW, Fortuner and a Ford Ranger. Its gross worth has been placed at RM2.7m
Six of the nine luxury cars seizedfrom the two suspects included a Range Rover, Mercedes, Volvo, Lexus, Mazda, Audi, BMW, Fortuner and a Ford Ranger. Its gross worth has been placed at RM2.7m.

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KOTA KINABALU – The value of the eight luxury cars seized from the director and deputy director of the Sabah Water Department in connection with the alleged abuse of power involving RM3.3 billion worth of infrastructure project is estimated at RM2.7 million.

A source close to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation team said the most expensive car was valued at RM650,000, while the least expensive, at RM137,563.

Under remand are the department’s director, Ag Tahir Ag Talib, his deputy, Teo Chee Kong, and two businessmen, Teo’s elder brother who is a Datuk, and the company’s accountant.

The source also said that the team had taken the statements from 11 other individuals to facilitate further investigations into the abuse-of-power case.

Datuk Azam Baki
Datuk Azam Baki

They are the staff of a government agency here, and a contractor, and they had given full cooperation to the MACC, said the source.

However, family members of the director and deputy director had yet to be called as the team was still scrutinising all the relevant documents.

“The MACC is also investigating whether there is a VIP involved in this case,” the source said Friday.

The source also stated that the MACC was also in the midst of assessing the value of 127 Sabah land titles, which were under the names of the deputy director and his family members.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operation) Datuk Azam, when contacted, confirmed the information.