Mall to cooperate in probe into MBPJ officers accused of bribery

The Petaling Jaya City Council has ordered an internal investigation into an assembyman’s claim that its officers had asked for bribes at a shopping mall. (File pic)

PETALING JAYA: A shopping mall, identified as the place where enforcement officers from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) allegedly asked for bribes, has pledged full cooperation with the authorities in their investigation.

Paradigm Mall said although it was not involved in the alleged bribery, which was said to have taken place at one of its shops, it had zero tolerance towards any corrupt practices.

“As a responsible organisation, Paradigm Mall upholds utmost integrity standards,” it said through its public relations firm.

“The mall will extend its full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission or any other relevant authority to facilitate their investigation into this issue.”

Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu earlier today lodged a report with the Selangor MACC together with a businessman, who said he paid a bribe to an MBPJ officer.

Liu accused MBPJ personnel of blackmailing a shop owner at the mall into paying a bribe instead of a heftier fine for putting up a bunting without the council’s approval.

The Selangor DAP secretary said the owner had put up the sign for a Hari Raya promotion and did not have time to apply for a permit.

He claimed that enforcement officers told the owner he could pay them several hundred ringgit to avoid a fine of RM1,000. The owner eventually paid the bribe.

The incident was caught on camera and has been circulating on social media. Liu submitted a copy of the video to the Selangor MACC.

The former Selangor exco in charge of local government also said four shop owners from the mall had been similarly approached by council officers and that some had paid the bribes.

Selangor Local Government, Public Transportation and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han said MBPJ would cooperate fully with MACC.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Sayuthi Bakar, meanwhile, has ordered an internal investigation into Liu’s claims.