Bauxite: MACC detains Customs officer, 9 PTG staff


KUANTAN: 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 today, the commission said the 56-year-old Customs officer, who was picked up at 12.15am Wednesday, has been remanded for seven days from today.

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

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

Bauksit_lori12“The MACC 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 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 Ahmad Khusairi Yahya, when contacted, confirmed the arrests, saying that the commission had been monitoring the illegal activity over the past several months.