Four cops held for pro­tect­ing bad guys

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By SI­MON KHOO and WANI MUTHIAH news­desk@thes­tar.com.my

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Four po­lice­men have been de­tained by anti­graft of­fi­cers for giv­ing pro­tec­tion to er­rant lorry op­er­a­tors and ke­tum traders.

They were picked up dur­ing sep­a­rate raids in Kedah, Pa­hang and Pe­nang yes­ter­day.

Two of them – a cor­po­ral and a sergeant ma­jor – aged 53 and 57, are be­lieved to have re­ceived up to RM900 each a month from lorry op­er­a­tors.

The money was meant as in­duce­ment not to take ac­tion against of­fences such as driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out in­sur­ance, in­valid road tax and over­load­ing.

An in­spec­tor and a cor­po­ral have also been ar­rested for turn­ing a blind eye to ke­tum traders.

Aged 31 and 33, they are said to have pock­eted be­tween RM2,000 and RM3,500 monthly from these traders.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that traders could make RM350 a day sell­ing ke­tum water to ad­dicts.

Malaysian Anti- Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions Datuk Simi Abd Ghani con­firmed the ar­rests.

“En­force­ment of­fi­cers are sup­posed to up­hold the law,” he said.

Last week, The Star re­ported that the MACC was clos­ing in on cor­rupt of­fi­cers who were in ca­hoots with ke­tum traders and er­rant lorry op­er­a­tors.

In Shah Alam, MACC re­leased on bail 14 per­son­nel from var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies af­ter their seven-day re­mand ended yes­ter­day.

They were ar­rested for al­legedly ac­cept­ing bribes rang­ing from RM300 to RM10,000 from il­le­gal mas­sage par­lours in Se­lan­gor.

How­ever, an MACC source said the probe was still on­go­ing.

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