KUALA LUMPUR – A top officer of the Perak Immigration Department (PID) and three others were nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday for allegedly soliciting bribes from operators of entertainment centres and massage parlours in the state.
The 57-year-old who is a senior official of the PID was held about 5am in Meru, Ipoh allegedly received thousands of ringgit from the operators as an inducement not to act on foreign women who did not possess travel documents or work permits but were employed as guest relations officers and masseurs at the centres.
The suspect had reported for duty in his new position at the PID about a month ago.
Earlier at about 12.30am, the MACC team nabbed two businessmen, both aged 30 and a mechanic aged 26 who are said to be linked to the case at a house in Ipoh.
Sources said the three suspects are allegedly the “go-betweens” who managed the handover of bribes to the main suspect and members of other enforcement agencies.
It is learnt that all four suspects were remanded for five days today.
Perak MACC director Datuk Nooraziah Abd Manaf when contacted confirmed the arrests but declined to elaborate.