KUALA LUMPUR: A chairman and director of a sub-contractor company were the latest individuals remanded by graft busters in connection with alleged bribery in a highway construction project in the Klang Valley worth more than RM1bil.

The chairman, with a Datuk title, was remanded until July 6 while the director was remanded until July 4.

The remand order was issued by Magistrate Irza Zulaikha following an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (July 2).

Sources said the suspects were detained between 9pm Monday (July 1) and 12am Tuesday (July 2) at the MACC headquarters.

“Both men are suspected of giving more than RM200,000 in bribes to officers of a statutory body in exchange for getting contracts over the construction of the highway, which another company previously did.

“They were also believed to have given bribes to officers of a highway concessionaire for the same reason,” a source said.

Meanwhile, MACC senior investigation director Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hashim when contacted confirmed the arrests stating the case is being investigated under Section 16(b)(A) of the MACC Act 2009.

He also confirmed that all suspects detained previously, including a chief executive officer of a highway concessionaire were released on bail on Monday.