KUCHING: Three policemen were among eight people arrested by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Sarawak and Johor today on suspicion of accepting and offering bribes linked to the influx of illegal immigrants in both states.
Two policemen – an assistant superintendent and a corporal, together with five operators of companies and firms were arrested by the graft busters in Kuching, Sibu and Miri between 11am and 2.45pm today.
Both policemen were arrested in Sibu and were being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes from companies at the district.
The eighth person, a 29-year-old Lance Corporal, was arrested for allegedly accepting bribe from sawmills in Kluang, Johor.
All policemen arrested during the operation were being investigated under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 for receiving any forms of graft, which carries the maximum 20 years’ jail and RM10,000 fine or five times the value of the bribe, whichever is higher.
The factory and company owners, meanwhile, are being probed under Section 17(b) of the same Act. The section carries the same punishment.
MACC investigation division director Datuk Simi Abd Ghani said the arrest was the second phase of the commission’s crackdown on enforcement officers and civilians involved in corruption.
“Earlier today, a foreigner was charged in Sarawak for offering RM500 in bribe to immigration officer in the state,” he said in a statement.
Five men including four Pakistanis are expected to be charged at the Sessions Court in Miri tomorrow for offering bribes ranging between RM100 and RM500 to immigration officers.