PUTRAJAYA: The political secretary of Agriculture and Minister of Agriculture, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, has been in preventive custody for four days.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) believes that the suspect received in the form of a bribe, a luxury watch rated RM28,000 from a developer.
Judge Ahmad Asyraf Mohamed Kamal today authorized the pre-trial detention requested by MACC for investigations under Section 16 of the 2009 MACC Act.
Section of the act criminalizes the acceptance of gratification. After conviction, he may take up to 20 years in prison and fine not less than five times the amount of the bonus under Section 24 of the same act.
Wearing locker clothes from the MACC, the 47-year-old suspect arrived at the magistrate's court at about 9:15 in the morning.
The political secretary was arrested by the MACC around 5 pm on Monday when he went to give a statement at the Commission headquarters.
The deputy chief commissioner of MACC (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed the arrest.
Salahuddin in a statement released late Monday confirmed the arrest of his aide.
"I'm going to let the law take its course. He is also like any other Malays who is subject to the law.
"I firmly uphold the principles of the law and I am confident that the MACC will investigate the case fairly and firmly," said Salahuddin.
He added that it would not interfere with the MACC investigation.