Customs officer detained for seeking US$10,000 bribe

Customs-officer-detainedPETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained a Customs officer who allegedly sought bribes to ease the process of a company to export piping and associated facilities overseas.

The 53-year-old suspect was arrested in front of a bus stop in Bintulu, Sarawak, at 10.32pm last night.

Sources said the suspect’s actions were exposed as soon as the public lodged a report with MACC complaining that the man had asked for thousands of ringgit for the export items to be released.

“MACC met with the victim, who is the company representative, to get information and found the suspect had asked for US$10,000 (RM43,000) to ease the export of piping and associated facilities.

“MACC and the company then came together to trap the suspect, and he was caught, together with the cash,” the source said.

Also seized in the raid were two iPhones believed to belong to the suspect and used in the business transaction.

When contacted, deputy MACC chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki confirmed the arrest and said it was made possible through a public tip-off.

“We will take stern action against any individual found to be involved in corrupt activities and abuse of power,” he said.

Azam did not rule out the possibility that more individuals would be called to assist in the investigation.

Magistrate Muhammad Hafiz Muhd Noor placed the suspect on remand until July 12 under Section 117 of the Penal Code.