The former leader of a resource-rich Malaysian state was charged on Monday with allegedly receiving bribes for the awarding of timber concessions, while abuse by former officials became increasingly prevalent.

Musa Aman, who has been Prime Minister of Sabah State on Borneo since 2003, until the mayhem of Najib Razak, head of state's government, is the latest high-ranking official to be prosecuted.

Musa, 67, was arrested by the Anti-Transplant Agency on Monday before being brought to justice.

He did not plead allegations of corruption for allegedly receiving $ 63.3 million in Hong Kong and Singapore through representations between 2004 and 2008 in return for timber contracts. He was released on bail and is in jail for every offense with up to 20 years imprisonment.

His lawyer could not be reached immediately for a comment.

Sabah and the neighboring Sarawak in Borneo are rich in natural resources such as oil, gas and wood, but are among the poorest states in Malaysia.

Najib, his wife, former deputy and two other former government officials were previously charged with corruption, and the government warned that others could be brought to justice.

Najib has accused the new government of seeking political revenge.


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