Driver re­manded over pro­tec­tion racket

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PU­TRA­JAYA: The Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) yes­ter­day ob­tained a six-day re­mand or­der to hold a van driver in con­nec­tion with the pro­tec­tion racket al­legedly run by po­lice­men in Me­laka.

The 32-year-old was be­lieved to have served as a mid­dle­man for sev­eral po­lice­men, col­lect­ing pro­tec­tion money from il­le­gal gam­bling dens and mas­sage par­lours at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Me­laka.

He is the 11th per­son to be de­tained to facil­itate in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case.

He was ar­rested after turn­ing up at the MACC head­quar­ters here at 9pm on Thurs­day to have his state­ment recorded.

An MACC source said the man’s bank ac­count had been used for il­le­gal gam­bling dens and mas­sage par­lours op­er­a­tors to trans­fer the pro­tec­tion money.

The re­mand or­der, is­sued by mag­is­trate Na­dia Oth­man, will ex­pire on May 24.

The man, clad in orange MACC lock-up at­tire and hand­cuffed, ar­rived at the court at 9am. He was seen cov­er­ing his face with his hands and try­ing to avoid press­men.

Of the 10 peo­ple ar­rested by MACC prior to this, seven were po­lice­men.

All, but one of these are se­nior of­fi­cers.

The po­lice­men were the district po­lice chiefs of Me­laka Ten­gah and Jasin, two as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents, two in­spec­tors and a lance cor­po­ral.

More than RM1 mil­lion in bank ac­counts and cash have been seized from the 10 sus­pects.

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

The van driver re­manded in con­nec­tion with the pro­tec­tion racket run by Me­laka po­lice­men at the Pu­tra­jaya mag­is­trate’s court yes­ter­day.

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