MACC will make more arrests in Port Klang’s smuggling network

SERI ISKANDAR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is likely to arrest more people, including a Singaporean citizen, in connection with a recent smuggling ring uncovered at Port Klang.

Tan Sri Azam Baki, the chief commissioner of the MACC, said that they would work closely with Singapore’s government on the case.

He said MACC will request that the Singapore government hand over the suspect, if he is still within the Republic.

He told reporters that seven individuals, including Customs Department officers, were remanded in custody on Friday, after presenting the chief commissioner trophy of the MACC to the winners of the anti-corruption discussion held by the higher education institutions at Universiti Teknologi Petronas on Sunday, June 9.

A special task force, led by the MACC, detained 19 container trucks carrying a variety of smuggled items during a recent operation conducted in Selangor.

It is believed that the mastermind behind this attack is a Singaporean.

The syndicate allegedly made false Customs Form 9 declarations declaring that the goods were non-taxable such as wheelchairs or medical supplies.

Azam stated that investigations are still underway and several witnesses will be called.

He said that MACC investigations had revealed that some Malay Reserve Lands were now freehold titles to allow for housing development.

“We will be calling other witnesses in the case. Especially those who worked with the Perak Land and Mines Office in 2012.

He said that he would also review the minutes from the meeting of the executive committee for the state, which approved the proposal. “We’ll also call the members present at that time,” he added without giving a timeframe.

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