State MACC mon­i­tor­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of civil ser­vants

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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