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Two Sarawak Housing officers remanded for seven days

 The suspects being escorted to court by MACC officers.
KUCHING: Two officers from the Sarawak Housing Development Corp (HDC) nabbed over alleged graft involving a housing rehabilitation project in Miri have been remanded seven days to assist investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Magistrate Zaiton Anuar granted the remand order when the suspects, a 39-year-old engineer and senior technician, 59, were produced at the Kuching High Court here at about 10am Friday.
Clad in orange lock-up attire, the suspects appeared calm when the court interpreter read out the remand application filed by MACC prosecuting officer Ikhwan Mohd Ibrahim.
The pair was picked up on Thursday noon along with two others during a sting operation to allow investigations into the project, which was raised in the Auditor-General's Report 2016 released on July 31.
Also arrested in connection with the case were the main contractor, 49, and a sub-contractor appointed to carry out the works.
The former was arrested at his office while the latter was picked up from his house in Sibu.
The main contractor was not remanded but has been placed under close MACC observation as he will be performing the haj next week.
The sub-contractor, who is in his late 30s, will be remanded in Sibu.
The tender, issued in April 2015, involved the refurbishment of 12 units of two-storey flats in Miri destroyed in a fire that year.
The project was not carried out by the main contractor and the sub-contractor was appointed to carry out the work.
Last year, an invoice for RM11,969 was submitted to the corporation for reimbursement of the work done.
MACC officers also found that the corporation had issued a "job done" note in November 2015 to support the release of payment.
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