MACC detains 10 over Pahang bauxite fiasco

KUANTAN, 3 Aug 2017: 

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested a senior Customs officer and nine Pahang Land and Mineral Office (PTG) personnel on suspicion of abetting in the illegal bauxite mining activity.

In a statement yesterday, the commission said the 56-year-old Customs officer, who was picked up at 12.15am yesterday, has been remanded for seven days.

The remand order was issued by magistrate Tengku Eliana Tuan Kamaruzaman.

Meanwhile, the nine PTG personnel, aged between 39 and 59, were also rounded up between 3.30pm and 3.45pm yesterday at several locations here.

 “The MACC had also raided the Pahang’s PTG Office, Customs Department and the Kuantan Port to obtain several documents related to the investigation.

“Apart from the arrests, the commission had also detained 18 lorries transporting bauxite from illegal mines around Bukit Goh and Bukit Sagu at around midnight yesterday,” the statement said.

MACC Intelligence Division director Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahya, when contacted, said the commission had been monitoring the illegal activity over the past several months.

Meanwhile, the MACC in Kelantan will release a list of 10 government departments and agencies in the state with high risk of corruption and power abuse by October, said its director Datuk Moh Samsudin Yusof.

He said the commission would also list the top five government departments and agencies which were clean of such wrong doings.

“Department and agencies which are identified with risks of being involved with corruption or power abuse will be asked to improve their weaknesses.”

 Moh Samsudin said warning had been issued to head of government departments and agencies to take the necessary action to avoid  corruption and power abuse by their staff.

– Bernama

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