MACC officials bringing the 3 men to the Magistrate’s Court in Putrajaya this morning to obtain a remand order. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Two Datuks were among three company directors remanded for five days beginning today for allegedly giving bribes amounting to millions of ringgit to telecommunication company officials to reveal customer details.

The mobile numbers and personal information of the telco customers had been allegedly obtained to conduct SMS fraud.

According to a source from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the three men, aged between 41 and 48, were detained at the MACC headquarters here between 9pm and 11pm yesterday after arriving to have their statements recorded.

The suspects, wearing MACC orange lock-up shirts, arrived at the Magistrate’s Court here at 10.45am today.

The remand order against the three men was issued by Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim after the MACC made the application.

According to MACC sources, the three men are directors of three different companies.

They are suspected of paying telco officials to obtain customer phone numbers.

These were allegedly used by content provider syndicates, via SMS, to charge subscription fees without the customers’ knowledge or consent.

The case is being investigated under Section 16 (b) (A) of the MACC Act.


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