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MACC Nabs Four Pahang Land Officers Over Bauxite Issue

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KUANTAN: Four officers of the Pahang Land and Mines Office have been arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes to allow illegal bauxite mining in the state.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations director Datuk Azam Baki said the men, aged 30 to 38, were arrested in an operation held late Wednesday.

“Up to RM100,000 in cash was found in a washing machine in the home of one of the suspects,” he told a press conference here Thursday.

Azam said the MACC was also investigating claims that forms costing RM1 for the transfer of bauxite to the port were sold for up to RM200 to illegal miners.

He more people would be arrested in the course of the investigations.

The MACC started investigations into the bauxite mining controversy following discrepancies in the receipt of royalties amounting to RM47mil last year which should have been five times higher.

Azam said that the poor collection could have been due to corrupt practices and mismanagement in handling the royalty.

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