KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 ― The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained four policemen for allegedly accepting bribes to protect “ketum” juice sellers and lorry operators.
The suspects, aged between 33 and 57 were picked up today, in Pahang, Penang and Kedah.
According to an MACC source, an inspector and a corporal were arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes from “ketum” juice sellers in return for offering them “protection”.
The 33-year-old inspector was nabbed in Raub, Pahang while the 31-year-old corporal was picked up in Penang in two separate raids conducted between 9am and 1pm.
“They are suspected of receiving bribes of between RM2,000 and RM3,500 a month to cover up the activities,” the source told Bernama.
In another case, a 57-year-old sergeant-major and a 53-year-old corporal were nabbed for allegedly abusing their position by accepting bribes from truck operators in Kulim, Kedah.
According to an MACC source, the suspects were said to have been receiving bribes of between RM850 and RM900 a month to cover up the operators' traffic offences.
“Among the offences were not having insurance coverage, road tax and other offences under the Road Transport Act 1957,” the source said, adding that the duo were detained at 9am and 10am.
Confirming the arrests to Bernama, MACC investigation division director Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani said the four suspects would be remanded from tomorrow to facilitate investigations. ― Bernama