IGP: Three cops allegedly involved in massage parlour protection racket to face full probe


KUALA LUMPUR: Police will investigate allegations that three policemen were involved in accepting bribes and protecting a massage parlour in Wangsa Maju here, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

Sixteen individuals, including a police station chief and two officers, were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the protection racket on Monday (March 18).

Others arrested include a Fire and Rescue Department official and three Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers.

The IGP said he had directed the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department to conduct an investigation.

"My directives are clear, enforcement against gambling and vice must be conducted without fear or favour.

"Anyone involved will face action if they are found guilty," he said.

He said they were still waiting for a report from the MACC on the matter, but the police would carry out a separate internal investigation.

Meanwhile in PUTRAJAYA, 14 individuals were remanded by the MACC over the protection racket.

Magistrate Ahmad Asyraf Mohammad Kamal allowed four individuals, who are owners of the massage centres, to be remanded for five days until March 23.

Another 10 individuals will be remanded for four days until March 22.

Among the 10 were the police station chief, two police officers, a Fire and Rescue Department official and three officers from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

MACC sources said the suspects allegedly accepted bribes from the owners of massage parlours in return for providing "protection" to what are actually vice dens.

Sixteen individuals were arrested on Monday in different locations, following a three-month long sting operation conducted by the MACC in the city.

Of the 16, remand was only sought for 14 suspects.

They arrived at the Putrajaya magistrate's court complex here Tuesday (March 19) in a bus and a van between 9am and 10am.

It was reported that 16 individuals were detained by the MACC on suspicion of accepting bribes and protecting massage premises around the federal capital.

An MACC source said all the suspects were believed to have accepted bribes from owners of massage parlours and detained in 16 locations around the Klang Valley.

The source said 40 MACC officers were involved in the raid and of the 16 people detained, seven were civil servants while nine others were members of the public.

They were detained on suspicion of protecting the syndicate concerned and accepting bribes, the source added.

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