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Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki during a dialogue session with the press in Melaka, on September 2, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

MACC urges Malay reserve land fraud victims to make immediate reports

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has urged those who believe that they have been victims of the case of the subdivision of Malay reserve land lots into non-Malays, to lodge a report to the agency immediately.

Its chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said thus far the agency has not received any reports related to such cases from other states, and described what occurred in Perak recently as an isolated case.

“If the MACC receives any information or report on the misappropriation of matters related to changing the status of Malay reserve land to freehold.

“It is a criminal offence which we will certainly investigate,” he said.

Azam was speaking to the press after the pre-launch ceremony of the joint venture for a publishing project and Integrity Value Implementation (Anti-Corruption) programme between MACC and the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books at the World Trade Centre today.

Also in attendance was Education Director-General Azman Adnan.

Yesterday, a real estate company’s managing director was detained by the MACC to assist in the investigation into a case involving the subdivision of Malay reserve land, covering about 650 hectares, to non-Malays in Mukim Manjong, Setiawan, Perak.

It is understood that the 44-year-old suspect’s company is believed to be involved in breaking up Malay reserve land lots into non-Malay lots and selling them as house and bungalow lots.

The investigation also found that the ownership of 317 subdivision titles or lots from the 650ha of Malay reserve land had been changed.

The detention followed the arrest of a former deputy registrar of titles at the Perak Land And Mines Office, who was charged in the Ipoh Sessions Court last month.

— Bernama

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