06 August 2007

RTD man’s lavish lifestyle with mistress


KUALA LUMPUR: His salary was used to support his family while his ill-gotten gains were allegedly spent on his mistress.

This is said to be the double life that a senior Kedah Road Transport Department officer was leading before he was picked up by Anti-Corruption Agency officers on Saturday.

The officer is believed to have taken his mistress on trips to various places in Malaysia, and to Singapore, Australia and Thailand — all allegedly paid for by several driving school operators in Kedah in exchange for favours.

"The suspect, in his 40s, is believed to demand between RM10,000 and RM15,000 from driving school operators every time he felt like taking a vacation," a senior ACA source told the New Straits Times.

Checks showed that his mistress, who joined the government service four years ago, was initially attached to the RTD in Kedah.
However, when word leaked out about her relationship with the senior RTD officer, she was transferred to the Kedah Education Department.

The affair, however, continued as the man’s wife and children were living in Kuala Lumpur.

"The suspect made up excuses to make official trips to the federal capital every weekend as he was entitled to travelling, lodging and meal allowances," the source said.

On most of these trips, he would take his mistress along and put her up at posh hotels, the source said.

The officer would then divide his time between his family and his mistress.

However, all that came to an end about 4am on Saturday when enforcement officers from the ACA and Federal Territory Religious Department raided a hotel in Jalan Sultan Ismail and nabbed the officer and his mistress.

ACA officers also discovered RM1,000 in the hotel room, which is believed to have been given to the officer by a driving school operator.

Top ACA officials have ordered investigations into the case to be completed within a week. The case papers will be submitted to the Attorney-General’s chambers for further action.

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