The cartel said to be in operation since 2014, has been monopolising government tenders. It’s believed that the syndicate used more than 150 companies to submit tenders or quotations to ministries and agencies.
Tender usually refers to the process whereby governments and financial institutions invite bids for large projects that must be submitted within a finite deadline.
The 47-year-old businessman with a ‘Datuk‘ title was said to have amassed an extraordinary amount of wealth and assets, including a luxury yacht and two helicopters.
The commission crippled the ‘project tender cartel‘ with the arrest of seven individuals, including its mastermind, Daduk, in an operation conducted on Sunday night, April 4.
MACC Chief Commissioner, Datuk Seri Azam Baki said, so far, investigators have arrested eight suspects.
Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, April 7, he said;
Although we’ve arrested the mastermind of the syndicate, a 47-year-old businessman with the title ‘Datuk’, we believe there are a few accomplices still out there. This is an ongoing investigation and based on the developments, we believe there are others involved.
A total 644 accounts, belonging to individuals and companies, worth about RM100 million, were also frozen. The wealth amassed by the ‘Datuk’, who is the head of the syndicate, is extraordinary.
The head of the syndicate created 150 different companies by employing several individuals as directors of companies which in fact belonged to the former.
The syndicate targets facility maintenance and development projects.
Investigations revealed all the companies had provided false information in terms of academic qualifications, professional certifications and financial statements to convince the tender board on their capabilities in implementing the projects.