JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested seven Road Transport Department (JPJ) personnel over alleged corruption involving motor vehicle licences here.
The suspects, aged from 27 to 42, were arrested at the state MACC office on Sunday (Feb 21) over the licences involving some 1,000 vehicles.
According to an MACC source, the suspects – two women and five men – were those manning JPJ counters in Johor.
"The suspects are believed to have manipulated JPJ's MySikap system to handle the licences and had caused losses of about RM3.1mil in road taxes to the state JPJ within six months between July and December 2019," said the source.
Meanwhile, MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki, who was in Johor Baru for a meeting with the state MACC, confirmed the arrests.
He said that the suspects would be sent to the Johor Baru Magistrate's Court for a remand application on Monday (Feb 22) and that the case is being investigated under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009.
"The investigation was initiated based on information and collaboration with the JPJ's Integrity Department and its director-general's office.
"MACC will continue to work with JPJ to ensure that such corruption does not occur again.
"Such information sharing could improve the integrity and administration of the department while eradicating opportunities for corruption to take place," he said, urging other agencies to also take the same step of sharing information with MACC.
He also urged the public to be alert when dealing with counters of any department or agencies and to always check receipts after making any transactions at the counters or through agents.