Se­nior Cus­toms of­fi­cer among those held by MACC

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IN a mas­sive crackdown on il­le­gal baux­ite min­ing in Pa­hang, Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion

(MACC) of­fi­cers yes­ter­day ar­rested a se­nior Cus­toms of­fi­cer and nine Pa­hang Land and Mines Of­fice em­ploy­ees.

The Cus­toms of­fi­cer, 56, was picked up in Kuan­tan at 12.15am, and was later brought be­fore mag­is­trate Tengku Eliana Tuan Ka­maruza­man yes­ter­day morn­ing. Tengku Eliana is­sued a seven-day re­mand or­der against him.

Mean­while, the nine em­ploy­ees, aged between 29 and 59, were ar­rested at lo­ca­tions around Kuan­tan between 3.30pm and 3.45pm.

MACC of­fi­cers also raided the Pa­hang Land and Mines Of­fice, Cus­toms Depart­ment of­fice and Kuan­tan Port Author­ity, as well as seized doc­u­ments re­lated to il­le­gal baux­ite min­ing.

They also seized 18 lor­ries be­lieved to be il­le­gally trans­port­ing baux­ite at mid­night around the Bukit Goh and Bukit Sagu ar­eas.

Sources said MACC launched the crackdown fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions that showed that baux­ite min­ing was on­go­ing de­spite a mora­to­rium im­posed on such ac­tiv­i­ties in Pa­hang.

MACC in­tel­li­gence direc­tor Datuk Seri Ah­mad Khu­sairi Yahya said the com­mis­sion had been mon­i­tor­ing the il­le­gal min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties over the past few months.

“We launched the crackdown af­ter in­for­ma­tion was col­lected.”

We launched the crackdown af­ter in­for­ma­tion was col­lected.

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