22 more Penang JPJ officers nabbed in lorry probe

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GEORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission arrested 22 more enforcement officers from the Road Transport Department in Penang today to assist in an investigation into corrupt activities involving overloaded lorries.

Sources said the men, aged between 32 and 55, were detained at the Penang MACC office after they had given their statements between 10am and 4.15pm today.

“The officers who are between Grades 19 and 32 are believed to have received a monthly payment of RM10,000 a month and the cumulative sum of the bribes exceeded RM140,000,” he said here today.

He did not rule out the possibility of more RTD enforcement and senior officers being called to assist in the investigation.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations), Azam Baki, confirmed the arrests, adding that a remand order will be sought at the magistrate’s court here tomorrow.

The director of Penang JPJ, Mohamat Johari Mat Nor, when contacted by Bernama, said the department would provide full cooperation to MACC in its investigations.

He added that he would give his statement to the MACC if there was such a requirement as stated by the commission earlier.

Yesterday, 23 enforcement officers, remanded by MACC last Wednesday, were released on bail. Another officer is still being detained as the investigation was not completed.