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Malaysia Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general found himself in the eye of storm after Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) seized RM550,000 from his house during the latest raid on 7, following which he and his sons were remanded until 11 January.

Malaysian National News Agency Bernama reported an MACC source saying that the amount recovered from Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman's house was in foreign denominations including the British pound, euro and Singapore dollar. "The money was hidden by a son of the suspect at the house in USJ, Subang Jaya...We have recorded the son's statement to facilitate investigations," said the sources, as reported.

Moreover, MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Datuk Azam Baki also confirmed the news of the seizure but refused to dish out any further information.

Mohd Arif (59) was arrested on 4 January, when he was leaving for work. His sons were also taken into custody when they arrived at the MACC headquarters for questioning.

Following the arrest of secretary-general, officers conducted a 12-hour search at his house, in USJ, Subang Jaya, found and gold bars and foreign currencies worth RM3 million. They also recovered around 150 luxury handbags and branded watches.

Not only this, fortunes worth another RM2.6million confiscated from several banks.

Currently, the MACC is tracking the 10 plots which were acquired by Mohd Arif when he was serving under the Selangor state government, reported the star.