Men al­legedly took cash from lorry op­er­a­tors, ke­tum juice sell­ers

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Sabah Deputy Chief Min­is­ter and In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitin­gan (third from left) aboard the new Diesel Mul­ti­ple Unit (DMU) car­riage at the Tan­jung Aru train sta­tion where the Sabah Rail­way Depart­ment’s of­fice is lo­cated. PIC BY MALAI ROSMAH TUAH ARFA YUNUS KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

FOUR po­lice­men were nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) yes­ter­day for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing bribes to over­look il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties. MACC di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions Datuk Simi Ab­dul Ghani con­firmed the ar­rests of two cor­po­rals, an in­spec­tor and a sergeant ma­jor for re­ceiv­ing monthly “pro­tec­tion fees” from lorry op­er­a­tors and ke­tum juice sell­ers.

In the first case, the first cor­po­ral, 57, and sergeant ma­jor, 53, were nabbed in Kulim, Kedah be­tween 9am and 10am for abus­ing their po­si­tions.

“The of­fences com­mit­ted by them (lorry op­er­a­tors) in­clude not hav­ing in­surance cov­er­age, no road tax and other of­fences un­der the Road Trans­port Act 1957,” said the state­ment from MACC.

Ac­cord­ing to Simi, the two po­lice of­fi­cers were re­manded from yes­ter­day to fa­cil­i­tate the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The other cor­po­ral, 33, and in­spec­tor, 31, were nabbed in Raub, Pa­hang and Pe­nang, re­spec­tively, be­tween 9am and 1pm.

Sources said the men al­legedly took be­tween RM2,000 and RM3,500 from ke­tum juice sell­ers.

Con­sump­tion of ke­tum plant and its byprod­ucts is said to have sim­i­lar ef­fects as tak­ing drugs or al­co­hol.

“Ke­tum juice sell­ers can be pe­nalised if they are found to have vi­o­lated Sec­tion 30(3) of the Poi­sons Act 1952 for pos­sess­ing and sell­ing ke­tum, which can be fined un­der Sec­tion 30(5) of the same Act up to RM10,000, or jailed up to four years, or both.

“Ke­tum juice sell­ers are also be­lieved to be earn­ing up to RM350 per day, which is why they were not hes­i­tant to pay the bribes.”

All four po­lice of­fi­cers will be in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 17(a) of the MACC Act.

They face up to 20 years in prison, or fines of not more than five times the amount of bribe, or RM10,000 (which­ever is higher), if con­victed.

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