An­other CID chief de­tained

THE crack­down against rogue el­e­ments in the po­lice con­tin­ues. Yes­ter­day, the MACC ar­rested the Alor Ga­jah CID chief, bring­ing to four the num­ber of top cops de­tained in Me­laka in con­nec­tion with a vice den pro­tec­tion racket. The oth­ers are Me­laka Ten­gah

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL AND TEOH PEI YING, ME­LAKA news@nst.com.my

MALAYSIAN Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) of­fi­cers yes­ter­day ar­rested the Alor Ga­jah Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment (CID) chief in con­nec­tion with the al­leged pro­tec­tion racket run by po­lice­men.

This brings to four the num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the case. Over­all, eight po­lice­men of var­i­ous ranks have been nabbed since May 16.

How­ever, the arrest of 51-yearold As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Md Maiza­ili Mo­hamed yes­ter­day was the first from the Alor Ga­jah po­lice dis­trict.

MACC deputy chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Azam Baki con­firmed the lat­est arrest yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with the com­mis­sion’s probe into an al­leged pro­tec­tion racket to shield op­er­a­tors of il­le­gal gam­bling dens and mas­sage par­lours.

As of yes­ter­day, 12 other sus­pects re­mained un­der re­mand or­der.

This in­cluded the Jasin and Me­laka Ten­gah po­lice chiefs who were ar­rested on May 16 along with four po­lice­men from the state po­lice head­quar­ters and the two dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters.

Three civil­ians be­lieved to be mid­dle­men were also ar­rested that day.

The fol­low­ing day, a cor­po­ral at­tached to the state Anti-Vice, Gam­ing and Se­cret So­ci­eties Divi­sion was ar­rested at his home, where RM800,000 in cash was seized by MACC of­fi­cers.

On May 19, a self-em­ployed man sus­pected to be an in­ter­me­di­ary in the racket was re­manded af­ter be­ing ar­rested a day ear­lier.

The Me­laka Ten­gah CID chief was ar­rested at 12.30pm on May 21 in his of­fice and re­manded the next day.

Me­laka state po­lice chief Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Has­san de­clined to com­ment on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, only con­firm­ing that he was aware of the sit­u­a­tion.

In Putrajaya, MACC yes­ter­day ob­tained a six-day ex­ten­sion for the re­mand or­ders against the 52-year-old cor­po­ral and one of the sus­pected mid­dle­men, aged 32.

Mag­is­trate Nik Is­fa­hanie Tas­nim Wan Ab Rah­man granted the ex­ten­sion.

In Kuala Lumpur, In­spec­torGen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said a reshuf­fle had been con­ducted in Me­laka.

He said the reshuf­fle in­volved 15 po­lice­men.

“The ex­er­cise took ef­fect im­me­di­ately af­ter the MACC arrests. This is only the first-phase and more will fol­low suit. I will visit the con­tin­gent to­mor­row,” he said af­ter launch­ing a blood do­na­tion drive in con­junc­tion with the 210th Po­lice Day at Fed­eral Po­lice head­quar­ters in Bukit Aman.

Khalid said po­lice viewed the is­sue se­ri­ously and would not com­pro­mise on the in­tegrity of the force.

He added that the In­tegrity and Stan­dard Com­pli­ance Depart­ment was also help­ing to trace other rogue po­lice­men.

“The depart­ment is also con­duct­ing in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions to iden­tify the bad ap­ples,” he said.

In Kuching, a traf­fic po­lice­man be­came the lat­est of­fi­cer in Sarawak ar­rested by MACC.

The sus­pect was ar­rested af­ter he was sum­moned to the state MACC head­quar­ters at 10pm on Tues­day night.

It was learnt that the 35-yearold, who is at­tached to the Kuching po­lice head­quar­ters, was al­leged to have ac­cepted a bribe of RM4,500 this month.

“The money was an in­duce­ment for the po­lice­man not to take ac­tion against the mo­torist, who had com­mit­ted a traf­fic of­fence,” sources told the New Straits Times.

The man has been re­manded for five days un­til Sun­day.

Last month, six en­force­ment of­fi­cers from the state Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment were charged at the Kuching Spe­cial Court for Cor­rup­tion in Pe­tra Jaya near here for ac­cept­ing bribes to­talling RM2,500 last year. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Adib Povera and Rah­mat Khair­ul­ri­jal

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

MACC of­fi­cers es­cort­ing two sus­pects in the Me­laka in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the Putrajaya mag­is­trate’s court yes­ter­day.

PIC BY ADIB PROVERA

A traf­fic po­lice­man be­ing taken to the Kuching Spe­cial Court for Cor­rup­tion in Pe­tra Jaya yes­ter­day.

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