12 enforcement personnel on massage parlour payroll arrested

By Kenneth Tee

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — Condoning the very act they swore to eliminate, 12 enforcement personnel including two police station chiefs have been arrested for “protecting” massage parlours.

They allegedly received bribes monthly from massage parlour owners operating illegally in two districts in Selangor, in return for their protection.

The busts came after a three months stakeout by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The suspects, aged between 26 and 53, were two inspectors who are police station chiefs in Selangor, five police officers, four Fire and Rescue Department personnel and an officer from the Kajang Municipal Council.

They were picked up simultaneously in a special operation in Kajang, Sungai Buloh and Kampung Pandan around 9am yesterday.

MACC said the bribes were collected to turn a blind eye on various offences committed by the premise owners such as unlicensed business conducts, employing undocumented foreign workers and violating building fire safety aspects.

It was believed the suspects accepted bribes between RM300 and RM10,000 for each massage parlour under their protection.

MACC also confiscated RM25,000 from one of the inspector’s home and office believed to have been kickbacks from the massage parlours.

Sources said the investigations revealed the extent of the irresponsible attitude by the personnel involved as they did not just collect bribes but also encouraged the development of vice activities.

Initial investigations showed the premises provided sexual services as the owners were not afraid of possible crackdowns due to immunity received from the enforcement personnel.

MACC director of investigation Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani said the case was being investigated for wrongfully accepting or giving out bribes

The suspects would be brought to the Shah Alam court for remand today.