Custom deputy director, clerks remanded in connection to corruption investigation

The three suspects being led out of the court after the remand application.

TAWAU: A custom deputy director and two forwarding clerks were remanded for six days by a Magistrate Court here today in connection with a RM3,000 corruption investigation.

Magistrate Herlina Muse allowed the remand application by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) enforcement assistant officer Jaffaruddin bin Shahari on the suspects aged 49, 43 and 29 for investigation under Section 16 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

The custom officer is being investigated for asking RM3000 from a complainant as inducement to release the latter’s boat imported from Japan that came with an engine that was not declared. The suspect directed the complainant to hand over the money to either of the a transport and forwarding clerks. The offense was committed
on August 8, 2018 at about 10.30am at the Tawau custom office import export division.

At 5.15pm, the female clerk was detained in a set-up operation by MACC for conforming with the first suspect to receive the RM3000 from the complainant. At 7.30pm the custom officer was detained at MACC office and the male clerk was detained at 7.35pm for acting as the middle man for the first suspect to receive the RM3000 from the complainant.

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