PUTRAJAYA: The magistrate's court here today extended the remand order against a 40-year-old former deputy undersecretary (infrastructure) of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

This is was to facilitate a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe into allegations of embezzlement of RM1.5 billion in federal funds meant for rural development projects in Sabah.

The six-day extension order, issued by Magistrate Norhidayati Mohammad Nasroh today, will expire on Oct 17.

She was arrested at the MACC headquarters on Oct 5 after being called in to provide her statement.

To date, seven people have been arrested in connection with the case.

The other five people now under remand in connection with the case are Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Peter Anthony, Warisan Youth chief Azis Jamman, Tenom Umno Youth head Jamawi Jaafar, Tawau Umno Youth leader Ariffin Kassim, and a local businessman.

Hamid Apdal, the younger brother of former Rural and Regional Development minister and Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, was arrested last night.

Hamid is expected to be remanded today.

It was previously reported that 350 projects under the ministry are being scrutinised by the MACC over allegations of embezzlement involving RM1.5 billion in federal funds.

The projects were carried out between 2010 and 2016 in nine districts in the Sabah, including Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan

MACC had estimated that RM1.5 billion was siphoned off, out of the RM7.5 billion allocated for projects in Sabah involving water, electricity and road infrastructure development.

MACC has so far frozen some RM170 million in bank accounts and assets in some of the companies involved in the project.

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The magistrate's court here today extended the remand order against a 40-year-old former deputy undersecretary (infrastructure) of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry. Pic by NSTP/AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR