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Senior customs officer among three nabbed

10th August, 2018


TAWAU: An Assistant Director of Customs was among three persons remanded for six days to facilitate investigations into a corruption case involving RM3,000.

Magistrate Herlina Muse granted the remand application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under Section 16(a) and 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 to detain the suspects until Aug 14.

New Sabah Times learnt the three suspects aged 29 to 49 were detained at the MACC office and the vicinity of town in Tawau on Aug 8.

The 49-year-old assistant director was alleged to have solicited RM3,000 from the complainant at the Tawau Customs Import and Export Division office at 10.30am on Aug 8 as an inducement to release the latter’s boat.

The complainant was said to have failed to declare the engine onboard a boat that was imported from Japan. The suspect instructed the complainant to hand the money to the clerk of a loading and forwarding company.

The boat and engine were returned to the complainant after the money was given to the clerk. The latter was arrested by the MACC in a sting operation at 5.15pm for being an accomplice.

The officer was nabbed at the MACC office at 7.30pm while another clerk who acted as the middleman was also detained in connection with the case at 7.35pm the same day.

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