‘Super rich’ govt project cartel leader owns 2 choppers, yacht

The alleged cartel leader owns a yacht, two helicopters and a fleet of luxury cars.

PETALING JAYA: The leader of a cartel that monopolised government contracts amounting to RM3.8 billion owns two helicopters, a yacht and over RM41 million worth of luxury cars and properties.

This is what the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has uncovered in its ongoing investigations into the cartel, which has been active since 2014.

In a raid at the leader’s house last night, MACC also found RM3.5 million in cash.

The suspect, a 47-year-old “Datuk”, is said to own some RM15.7 million in luxury cars, including several Mercedes-Benz models, a Range Rover and a Mustang GT.

This is in addition to RM29 million worth of properties, including a bungalow, a shoplot and an office lot, that have been seized.

“He’s super rich,” said a source in the know.

Some of the luxury cars seized from the alleged cartel leader.

Yesterday, FMT reported that the cartel, which controlled 150 companies and had been monopolising government tenders, had been crippled by MACC following the arrest of seven people, including its ringleader.

It had been awarded 345 government contracts worth RM3.8 billion.

The syndicate utilised hundreds of people to set up the companies, paying them monthly salaries and commissions for the use of their names and details.

The various companies under the cartel would then bid for contracts based on information provided by “government insiders” so that at least one company would secure the contract.

The source said 644 personal and company bank accounts containing over RM100 million have been frozen.

Senior government official arrested

Meanwhile, the source said MACC has arrested an eighth suspect in the case, a senior official in a government agency.

The 38-year-old quantity surveyor is a Grade 48 civil servant who is believed to have received bribes from the cartel in exchange for information on projects.

“He was arrested at his home in Ampang last night. He received RM300,000 for each round of information supplied to the syndicate. To date, he has received RM1.2 million.

“More people will be arrested,” said the source.

When contacted, MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki confirmed the arrest but declined further comment.

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