State MACC monitoring activities of civil servants
GEORGE TOWN: The state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is hot on the heels of corrupt civil servants.
This is evident by the numbers of arrests made by the state MACC, with the latest being that of three policemen for allegedly soliciting and receiving bribes.
But, sources said MACC officers were monitoring the activities of several civil servants here, including those in high-ranking positions.
“We have our eyes on a few civil servants. But, we cannot reveal who they are or where they are from as this would tip the culprits off... We will be going after them one by one,” a source told the New Straits Times.
When contacted, state MACC director Datuk Abdul Aziz Aban told the NST that the three policemen who were arrested were from the Seberang Prai police headquarters.
He said the trio, aged between 26 and 28, had allegedly solicited and received bribes from four people in exchange for letting them off after they were caught driving cars with expired road tax.
“Two of them are lance corporals and the other is a corporal. They were detained yesterday between 4pm and 11pm. We received a (six-day) remand order for all three from the magistrate’s court yesterday.”
The arrests of the three policemen follows the arrests of seven Penang Zakat officials, including its chief executive officer, along with seven contractors, for alleged involvement in a graft scandal that had been going on for the past three years.
In Alor Star, an MACC spokesman said investigations into a RM27 million graft case involving the approval of expatriate passes would continue despite the main suspect being released on bail yesterday.
The spokesman said the main suspect, a 37-year-old senior Immigration Department officer, was released on MACC bail at RM10,000 with two sureties yesterday at the end of his 14-day remand period.
He was brought before Alor Star Court senior assistant registrar Wan Nor Fadzilah Wan Ibrahim for the release order.
It was reported the Immigration officer was alleged to have received RM1,500 from agents for each of the 18,626 passes he had approved.
He was alleged to have committed the offences in 2015 while serving as the head of the department’s Expatriate Services Division at its headquarters in Putrajaya.
It was reported that four other people, detained in relation with the case, were released on MACC bail on May 15.
The four — a 34-year-old Immigration officer based in Padang Besar; a 48-year-old contractor; a 30-year-old businessman; and, a 53-year-old Datuk — were detained in MACC swoops on May 9 and 10.