Penang SPAD and JPJ officers remanded a week over lorry protection racket

GEORGE TOWN: Two former Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) officers and a Penang Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement officer have been remanded for seven days at the magistrate's court here on Wednesday (April 24).

This is the latest round of arrests by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which is investigating a protection racket involving transport companies and lorry drivers.

It brings the total number of suspects being remanded over the suspected lorry protection racket to 38.

At 10.20am on Wednesday, the men, aged between 33 and 55, were brought before the Penang magistrate's court.  Magistrate L. Uma Devi granted a seven-day remand order from April 24 to next Tuesday (April 30).

The case is being investigated under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

On Sunday (April 21), five enforcement officers attached to  the Penang Road Transport Department (JPJ) were brought before the magistrate’s court and remanded in connection with alleged involvement in “protecting” lorry drivers.

Earlier on Wednesday (April 17), the George Town magistrate's court had ordered 30 suspects, including 24 JPJ enforcement personnel, to be remanded for seven days ending Tuesday (April 23) to assist in the same probe.

According to sources, the enforcement officers are believed to have received monthly payments, totalling between RM10,000 and RM32,000.

The payment was an inducement to not take action against lorry drivers who committed road offences.

The payment was also for tip-offs, which the companies and drivers received, to alert them on JPJ operations.


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