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