Maqis officers held over halal meat scandal

JOHOR BARU: Two Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) officers have been arrested here in connection with the meat cartel scandal.

The duo, aged 27 and 31, were picked up by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers at about 11pm on Wednesday for alleged bribery involving smuggling of raw frozen food from countries not in the approved list.

Johor Baru Magistrate’s Court assistant registrar Nur Izzaty Muhammad Zahari said the two suspects would be remanded for five days.

The case is being investigated under Section 17(a) of the MACC 2009 Act.

Johor MACC director Datuk Azmi Alias confirmed the arrest but declined further comment.

Meanwhile, four people, including a frozen meat importing company director, who were remanded for four days from Monday, were released under MACC bail of RM10,000 each.

The other suspects are an operations director, clerk and director of a wholesale company.

The authorities recently busted a cartel smuggling meat, and repackaging it with a halal logo.

A raid was carried out at a warehouse in Senai, Johor, where 1,500 tonnes of frozen meat worth RM30mil were seized.

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