Petronas confirms MACC arrest

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 – Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has confirmed an employee of the company has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for suspected graft.

In a statement today, the national oil major said the arrest follows an internal investigation on the employee conducted by Petronas, which later reported the case to the anti-graft agency. It did not disclose the employee’s name.

“Petronas also assisted MACC investigators on the case, prior to the arrest.

“Petronas does not condone nor tolerate any form of misconduct among its employees and contractors and is extending its fullest cooperation to MACC to further assist in their investigation, if necessary,” the statement added.

The group noted that since 2012, it been working closely with MACC to curb and prevent corruption and misconduct, not just among employees within its group of companies, but also among contractors and third-party service providers.

It was earlier reported that a senior official with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) was among three individuals nabbed over suspected graft involving RM23.7 million.

The 45-year-old project delivery manager at the company, which engages in oil and gas exploration and production services, was reportedly detained by MACC at his office in Petronas Twin Towers here yesterday.

MACC also arrested the 57-year-old director of a company that carried out works for PCSB at a house in Batu 9, Jalan Cheras. MACC was also reported to have raided the residence of a former technical assistant of PCSB in Puncak Alam and detained the 28-year-old there.

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