Sarawak Schools Solar Project: Managing Director, Lawyer Remanded

PUTRAJAYA: A managing director, as well as a lawyer of a Bintulu-based company, have been remanded to assist in investigations into misappropriation of solar hybrid project contract for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

They were issued with a six-day remand from Wednesday by Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim, to help the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) with their investigation.

The 59-year-old managing director was arrested at 5.30pm Tuesday while the lawyer aged 30, was detained about two hours earlier when they appeared at the MACC headquarters here, to give their statements.

The case is being investigated under Section 18 (a) of the MACC Act 2009 for making false claims.

The duo who arrived at the courthouse in MACC lock-up attire at 9.30am were handcuffed.

The Star reported recently that Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd was granted over RM1bil worth of projects to install solar panels in 369 schools in Sarawak.

According to Sarawak Report, former prime minister Najib Razak had purportedly instructed the Education Ministry in January 2017 to appoint a company for a solar hybrid project for 369 schools in the rural heartlands of Sarawak.

The report pointed out that several companies were qualified to install solar power in Malaysia but were said to have been dropped from consideration in favour of a politically-connected company that lacked any track record in the field.