The Johor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested four individuals – the director and employees of a frozen meat importing company – on suspicion of involvement in corrupt activities in the smuggling of frozen raw materials into the country.
According to a source, the detainees, aged between 39 and 50, were arrested at the Johor MACC office last night to assist in the investigation.
The source said MACC took a serious view of the issue as it involved public interest, especially of Muslims in the country. The investigation is being conducted under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.
“The cooperation of several agencies such as the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry, the Department of Veterinary Services, the Department of Malaysian Quarantine Inspection Services and the Customs Department has been obtained and meat importing companies have also been identified,” the source added.
When contacted, Johor MACC director Azmi Alias confirmed the arrests. The detainees will be brought to the Magistrate’s Court for a remand application today.