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Four cops held for protecting bad guys

Under suspicion: One of the arrested policemen.

Under suspicion: One of the arrested policemen.

PETALING JAYA: Four policemen have been detained by anti-graft officers for giving protection to errant lorry operators and ketum traders.

They were picked up during separate raids in Kedah, Pahang and Penang yesterday.

Two of them – a corporal and a sergeant major – aged 53 and 57, are believed to have received up to RM900 each a month from lorry operators.

The money was meant as inducement not to take action against offences such as driving a vehicle without insurance, invalid road tax and overloading.

An inspector and a corporal have also been arrested for turning a blind eye to ketum traders.

Aged 31 and 33, they are said to have pocketed between RM2,000 and RM3,500 monthly from these traders.

Investigations revealed that traders could make RM350 a day selling ketum water to addicts.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director of investigations Datuk Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the arrests.

“Enforcement officers are supposed to uphold the law,” he said.

Last week, The Star reported that the MACC was closing in on corrupt officers who were in cahoots with ketum traders and errant lorry operators.

In Shah Alam, MACC released on bail 14 personnel from various government agencies after their seven-day remand ended yesterday.

They were arrested for allegedly accepting bribes ranging from RM300 to RM10,000 from illegal massage parlours in Selangor.

However, an MACC source said the probe was still ongoing.

Transport Safety , corruption