The exco man will be held overnight before MACC applies for a remand order tomorrow

GEORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested Penang Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh. He will be held overnight until his remand hearing tomorrow.

The New Straits Times reported that Phee was arrested while giving his statement at the state MACC headquarters this afternoon to facilitate investigations over an illegal carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu.

This was confirmed by his lawyer RSN Rayer, said the report.

Rayer was quoted as saying that he was baffled as to why Phee was arrested as he had gone to the MACC office here to facilitate the probe.

“He (Phee) was having his statement taken before the MACC officers were told there was an instruction from MACC Putrajaya to arrest him.

“He is expected to be produced for remand tomorrow,” he said before leaving the MACC office here.

Phee stands to be detained for a longer period if the court allows MACC’s remand application.

Rayer also said he had personally appealed to the MACC officers for Phee’s release.

“He has been cooperative,” he added.

Earlier this morning, five MACC officers raided Phee’s office in Komtar. They left more than an hour later with a bag of documents.

Sources said the documents were linked to the operations of the illegal carbon filter factory.

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

MACC officers were seen entering the council’s building in Bandar Perda about 10.30am and left three hours later with bags of documents.

A 70-year-old supervisor of the factory was also detained for questioning.

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