KUALA LUMPUR: A dozen officers from various enforcement agencies, including two police station chiefs with the rank of Inspector, were arrested in Selangor for graft today.
They are said to have accepted bribes in the form of monthly payments of between RM300 and RM10,000 from operators of illegal massage parlours in two districts in the state.
A source close to the investigation said in addition to the two Inspectors, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) also detained five police officers, four firemen and an officer from the Kajang municipal council.
The men, aged between 26 and 53, were arrested in Kajang, Sungai Buloh and Kampung Pandan in simultaneous operations by the MACC at 9am.
It is learned that the MACC had been monitoring their illicit activities over the past three months.
"These enforcement officers were entrusted to take action against those who break the law, but instead, they abused their power by receiving bribes and protecting illegal operations," the source said.
The offences committed by the illegal massage parlour operators include operating a business without license and employing illegal immigrants.
Their premises had also violated fire safety codes.
The source said some of the illegal operations had also openly offered prostitutes to customers.
"They were not afraid because they were protected by these enforcement officers," the source added.
During one of the raids, the MACC seized RM25,000 in cash from the house and office of one of the Inspectors.
MACC investigation director Datuk Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the arrests.