PUTRAJAYA: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will not defend any corrupt acts committed by its officers, says JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid.
He said the department would not compromise on issues related to integrity and corruption, following a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation into a protection racket of lorry drivers involving JPJ officers in Penang.
“We will give full cooperation to the authorities, because this is a very serious matter.
“I would like to warn our officers. In JPJ, there is no compromise when it comes to the issue of integrity and corruption.
“We will not defend such acts, and we will help the authorities to put a stop to it. We want this agency to be free from corruption,” said Shaharuddin at a press conference here on Thursday (April 18).
On Wednesday, 30 individuals, including 24 Penang JPJ officers, were remanded for seven days to assist with MACC investigations into the racket.
The suspects allegedly turned a blind eye on lorry drivers who committed road offences in Penang.
Sources said as inducement, the officers received payment of between RM10,000 and RM32,000.
Shaharuddin said the suspects, upon their release from remand, would be suspended from their duties for up to two months.
In the meantime, he said some officers from the northern states will be seconded to Penang to ensure its enforcement operations were not affected.
“Our enforcement efforts are not crippled by this. It will continue and, in fact, at this moment, it is going on as usual,” he said.
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