Three more arrested for allegedly protecting illegal bauxite miners


The condition at bauxite central collection center in Kuantan Port.

The condition at bauxite central collection center in Kuantan Port.

PETALING JAYA: Three more people, including a woman, have been arrested on the suspicion that they were involved in the payment of bribes to protect illegal bauxite mining operations.

In a statement on Saturday, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) announced that it had detained the three individuals on Friday in separate arrests in Kuantan.

“All the individuals, aged between 44 and 59 years of age, are members of the public.

“They are believed to have acted as middlemen in the illegal sale of mineral ore transportation documents or Form 13D to unlicensed miners.

“They have been remanded for seven days starting today in order to aid in the investigation following Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009,” it said.

The MACC said it was still conducting investigations to locate those who were involved in bribery that allowed illegal mining activity that accumulated an estimated total of RM187mil in lost royalty last year.

“The MACC urged the public to provide an information to the MACC connected to individuals who are involved in paying and receiving bribes in the illegal bauxite mining issue,” the commission said.