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Customs officer nabbed for seeking US$10,000 bribe

Customs officer nabbed for seeking US$10,000 bribe

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested a Customs Department officer for allegedly demanding bribes from a company recently. The 53-year-old man was picked up at a bus station in Bintulu, Sarawak at 10.32pm yesterday. A source said MACC received a report on the man’s activity which involved thousands of ringgit to facilitate the exportation process of ‘piping and associated facilities’ overseas. “The MACC has met with the representative of the company and it has been revealed that the man had demanded for USD10,000 (RM42,985) to accelerate the exportation of the items,” he said. The officer has been remanded until Wednesday.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki when contacted confirmed the arrest. “We will take strict action against any individuals who are involved in graft and abuse of power,” he said, adding more people would be called up if needed to facilitate the probe.