5 Penang JPJ officers remanded in lorry driver protection probe by MACC

The Penang JPJ officers remanded for seven days today. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: Five enforcement officers from the Penang Road Transport Department (JPJ) were ordered to be remanded today to facilitate investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly protecting lorry drivers who violated traffic laws, especially for overloading offences.

The seven-day remand order was issued by magistrate L Umma Devi.

The five were among 22 Penang JPJ personnel, aged between 32 and 55, summoned by the MACC office along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here yesterday to record their statements.

The other 17 were released on bail.

On Wednesday, 24 other Penang JPJ personnel were remanded by the MACC to assist in the investigation into the same case.

Twenty-three of them were released on bail two days ago while one is still being detained as the investigation into the officer has not been completed.

Six other individuals had also been detained in a special operations carried out by the MACC throughout the state from 10am to 10pm on Tuesday.