MACC to make more arrests over Port Klang smuggling ring

SERI ISKANDAR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is expected to make more arrests, including a Singaporean, over a Port Klang smuggling racket uncovered recently.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said they would be working closely with the Singapore government in the case.

He said MACC would request for the Singapore government to hand over the suspect if the individual is still in the republic.

"Seven individuals, including officers from the Customs Department, were remanded on Friday," he told reporters after handing over the MACC's chief commissioner trophy to winners of the higher education institution anti-corruption debate held at Universiti Teknologi Petronas here on Sunday (June 9).

During a recent operation in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, a special task force led by the MACC detained 19 container lorries carrying various smuggled goods.

The mastermind is believed to be a Singaporean.

It was reported that to avoid taxation, the syndicate made false declarations using Customs Form 9, declaring the goods as non-taxable items such as wheelchairs and medical supplies.

On a recent case involving the subdivision of Malay reserve land in Manjung, Azam said investigations were still ongoing with several more witnesses to be called up.

He said MACC investigations revealed that the status of some Malay Reserve Land had been changed to freehold titles for housing development.

"We will be calling several other witnesses involved in the case, especially those working with the Perak Land and Mines Office back in 2012.

"We will also be looking at the minutes of the state executive committee meeting that approved this and also call members present then," he said, without providing a specific time frame.

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