Two others detained for corruption linked to the hiring of foreign workers

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PETALING JAYA: Two more arrests have been made by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over allegations of bribery related to helping employers or agents obtain foreign worker quotas .

The arrests come after eight people were arrested by MACC on Tuesday evening.

Among them were the CEO of an information technology company and a senior company executive.

The last two detainees were a businessman and an employment agency boss, both aged between 30 and 50.

They were arrested at 10 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

“The businessman has been investigated for receiving bribes amounting to over RM1 million from an employment agent, while the another is suspected of paying bribes to a company providing a platform for foreign worker applications,” a source said.

Magistrate Irza Zulaikha Rohanuddin authorized the two suspects to be remanded in custody for four days starting yesterday and ending on Sunday.

Of the eight people arrested earlier, six have been remanded in custody for three days until today.

The other two – a man and a woman – were released on bail after their statements were recorded.

MACC Director of Investigations Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hashim had confirmed the dismissal on Wednesday and said the matter was being investigated under Section 16(a) of the MACC Act 2009.

It was reported that graft breakers raided the company last month.

Meanwhile, IT solutions provider Bestinet, responding to recent news about its employees being investigated by MACC, said it was unable to comment on ongoing investigations.

“Bestinet maintains very strict governance in terms of business ethics and integrity and practices a zero-tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption in all its forms.

“As such, the company places great importance on accountability and transparency in the conduct of its business activity at all times and is fully committed to acting as a force for good in all markets in which it operates”, she said in a statement yesterday.

Bestinet is an IT system provider that provides the central management system for foreign workers in Malaysia.

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