MACC arrests Melaka Tengah CID chief over protection racket
His arrest brings to 12 the number of those arrested
MELAKA Tengah Criminal Investigation Department chief Deputy Superintendent T. Gunasagaran was arrested by the Malaysian AntiCorruption Commission (MACC) yesterday as MACC widens its probe into a protection racket for vice dens here.
Gunasagaran’s arrest brings to 12 the number of those arrested.
The 49-year-old was nabbed at his office at 12.30pm and was taken to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.
MACC deputy commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the arrest.
In a related development, MACC yesterday obtained a fiveday remand extension against nine men, including two police district chiefs and four policemen, to assist in investigations into illegal gambling dens and massage parlours in Melaka.
The Melaka Tengah and Jasin district police chiefs and four other officers — two inspectors and two assistant superintendents of police — have been under remand for six days since last Wednesday.
The six, aged between 31 and 54, were detained on May 16 and 17 for suspicion of accepting bribes in exchange for protecting the illegal centres.
The three others remanded were civilians, one of whom had allegedly acted as the middleman for the officers.
Meanwhile the remand order for the 52-year-old corporal, the 10th person arrested on May 17 in connection with the case, expires today.
However, a MACC spokesman said the commission had yet to confirm whether it would apply for a remand extension for the corporal, who is attached with the Melaka police’s Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division (D7).
On May 19, a self-employed man, suspected to be an intermediary for the case, was remanded for six days to assist in investigations into alleged protection money racket in Putrajaya.
The 32-year-old suspect, the 11th person arrested in connection with the case, was arrested at 9pm on May 18 after he gave a statement at the MACC headquarters.
In Dengkil, the details of the major reshuffle in the police organisation will not be disclosed to avoid negative perceptions.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday he welcomed the move to conduct a major reshuffle.
“However, we will not announce the details as excessive publicity will lead to misunderstanding or misperception of the officers.
“The efforts by the police to make internal changes to boost the enforcement organisation should be lauded,” he said after a luncheon and zohor prayers in Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Dugang here yesterday.
On May 15, Deputy InspectorGeneral of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said a major reshuffle would be implemented at the federal police Narcotics Department.
The reshuffling follows the arrests of a number of policemen, including officers, for allegedly colluding with drug syndicates.
The policemen were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.
Zahid, who is also home minister, said the ministry and police were committed to making improvements and listening to the people.
“We follow the comments of Netizens on measures taken by police. Trust me and the police leadership that we will serve the people and country.”
Noor Rashid said yesterday the initiative was to ensure that policemen would carry out their responsibility with honesty.
“We want to improve our organisation and ensure that our officers, especially those placed in sensitive posts, will perform their duties with trustworthiness.
“We are considering implementing a three-year transfer policy with regard to sensitive posts.”
Zahid said he would visit every state during Ramadan for breaking of fast.
He said he would be accompanied by Home Ministry officials to meet agencies, non-governmental organisations, political parties and the public to strengthen ties.
He said renowned motivational speaker Syamsul Amri Ismail, better known as Syamsul Debat, would give religious talks.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi inspecting the progress of the construction of a surau in Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Dugang, Dengkil, yesterday.