Malaysia: Johor Baru mayor arrested over alleged kickbacks from building projects

Johor Baru’s mayor has been arrested for allegedly taking bribes from contractors as an inducement to approve projects.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Azmi Alias confirmed that Adib Azhari Daud was arrested at the Johor MACC office at around 3pm on Tuesday (Aug 10).

Investigations showed that Adib Azhari, who is just weeks away from retirement, allegedly accepted money from contractors to approve projects while he was mayor of the Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP), overseeing Johor’s urban development.

The 60-year-old was the MBIP mayor from Nov 22, 2017, to Nov 16, 2019, before he was appointed as the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) mayor on Nov 17, 2019.

Before MBIP was upgraded to a city council, he was the president of the Johor Baru Central Municipal Council (MBIP’s previous name) from Jan 17, 2017.

Adib Azhari was taken to the Magistrate’s Court in Johor Baru for a remand application at 9am on Wednesday.

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