Bangladeshis held for of­fer­ing RM58 bribe to cop

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion’s ef­forts to weed out cor­rup­tion within the po­lice force is cre­at­ing aware­ness in the force and public.

This is ev­i­dent from the state MACC’s lat­est ar­rest of two Bangladeshi men for al­legedly of­fer­ing a bribe to a po­lice­man.

State MACC di­rec­tor Datuk Ab­dul Aziz Aban said the two men were ar­rested by po­lice along Jalan Si­rap in Butterworth at 10am on Sun­day, and were handed over to MACC at 5pm.

“The two had tried to of­fer a RM58 bribe to a po­lice­man af­ter they were caught rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle with­out li­cence.

“How­ever, the per­son­nel re­ported the in­ci­dent and ar­rested the two for of­fer­ing him a bribe,” he said when con­tacted by the New Straits Times.

Aziz said the MACC ob­tained a four-day re­mand order from the mag­is­trate’s court here yes­ter­day against the for­eign na­tion­als. The re­mand ex­pires on Fri­day.

“We will most likely charge the duo un­der Sec­tion 17(b) of the MACC Act 2009 for of­fer­ing grat­i­fi­ca­tion or bribe as an in­duce­ment to let them off, which car­ries im­pris­on­ment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to five times the amount of the bribe,” he said.

Aziz said the ac­tion of the po­lice­man in re­port­ing the in­ci­dent to the MACC showed that there was greater aware­ness in the force and public on re­port­ing cor­rup­tion.

It was re­ported that the state MACC was hot on the trail of cor­rupt civil ser­vants and had nabbed sev­eral cul­prits, in­clud­ing seven of­fi­cers from Pe­nang Zakat and three po­lice­men from the Se­berang Prai po­lice sta­tion.

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