The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested seven enforcement officers and two others including a foreigner on suspicion of receiving bribes amounting to over RM500,000 from 2019 to 2021.
A source said six of the officers including several in senior positions were arrested in Sarawak while another was detained in Selangor.
At one of the locations, a senior officer in his 50s was arrested alongside a foreigner in his 30s, believed to have solicited and received bribes of more than RM300,000 from several individuals hiring foreign workers in return for facilitating the application of passes.
The duo are expected to be brought for remand at 9am tomorrow.
Meanwhile, four officers including one in a senior position were arrested at the Sibu MACC branch at 4pm yesterday.
The source said the senior officer was believed to have solicited and received bribes of more than RM8,000 for the same offence.
The four will be brought for remand at the Sibu Magistrate’s Court.
In Selangor, meanwhile, an officer was detained along with a local woman who is also the owner of a company, at the state MACC office at 7pm.
The officer was believed to have solicited and received bribes of about RM200,000 for the same offence while the woman and an officer arrested in Sarawak were arrested for abetting.
The officer and the woman will be brought for remand at the Shah Alam Magistrate’s Court while the officer in Sarawak will be brought for remand at the Kuching Magistrate’s Court.
When contacted, Sarawak MACC chief Mohd Zaki Hassan confirmed the arrests, adding that they were made under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009.