Two more arrested in Penang

GEORGE TOWN, Aug 12 – Two more people have been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its probe into an illegal carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam.

The two comprise the factory manager as well as its director.

The manager, 70, was detained at 6.05pm today while his 37-year-old son was arrested at 6.25pm at the state MACC office here.

Earlier this afternoon, MACC arrested state Environment, Welfare and Caring Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh to assist investigations into the illegal factory.

He was arrested at 3.35pm as he was giving his statement at the state MACC office.

MACC officers also visited his office in Komtar as well as his house in Butterworth, where they carted away several documents.

The trio will be brought to the magistrate’s court for remand tomorrow.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the arrests.

Yesterday, MACC raided the factory in Sungai Lembu, its office, as well as the Licensing Department office of the Seberang Prai Municipal Council.

The raid was carried out after alleged inaction by the council against the factory despite numerous reports lodged with the authorities.

Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil has been organised outside the MACC office at 9.30pm, following Phee’s arrest. A ‘solidarity gathering’ has also been organised at the courts tomorrow.

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