JOHOR BARU: Johor police have arrested another 12 enforcement officers from the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the "Nicky Gang" case.
State police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the arrests were part of phase two of Ops Pelican 3.0 carried out from April 21 and Tuesday (April 27).
"A team from the state commercial crime arrested the 12 officers of senior rank, including two from the MACC, for alleged involvement with the Nicky gang.
"The others are two police officers from Bukit Aman, four from Selangor police headquarters, one from Melaka headquarters, two from Kuala Lumpur headquarters and one from Negri Sembilan Pulapol Air Hitam," he told a press conference at the state police headquarters on Tuesday (April 27).
Comm Ayob said investigations were being carried out under Section 130V to 130ZB of the Penal Code and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).
"Under Sosma, we can detain them for 28 days to assist in investigations," he said.
Comm Ayob said the latest arrests brought the number of suspects arrested so far to 64 people.
He said Johor police would continue investigations to identify those with links to the gang.
Last month, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said fugitive businessman Nicky Liow Soon Hee had at least 34 law enforcement officers under his "payroll".
The Pahang Palace has stripped Liow of the Darjah Kebesaran Darjah Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP) which carries the Datuk Seri title with immediate effect.
Liow is believed to be hiding in the country and wanted by the police for alleged money laundering activities and involvement in an organised crime syndicate.