Sunday, April 3, 2011

Over 60 customs officers arrested by MACC

Over 60 customs officers arrested by MACC
Saturday, 02 April 2011
By Lourdes Charles, The Star

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has seized millions of ringgit from at least five of the 62 customs officers arrested to date.

MACC director of investigations Datuk Mustafar Ali said one officer, a director, had several millions in his account while another had almost RM1mil in his bank account.

He said two others had more than RM500,000 in their accounts.

“Our officers even found gold bars stashed in the house of one of the officers while another had more than RM600, 000 in several bags in his house during the raid on his house.

“The director arrested even had two imitation pistols with more than 200 rounds of bullet as well as fireworks and illicit cigarettes,” he added.

It is learnt that nine of the 62 arrested to assist investigations are women. All 62 are aged between 24 and 56.

Mustafar said several officers had also admitted to collecting money ranging from between RM100 to RM10,000 for every customs declaration K1 forms submitted and approved.

He said investigations were still on going and that more people would be picked up to assist in investigations.

To a question he said Port Klang was the most corrupted place with more than 40 officers arrested.

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