We will find you, MACC chief warns corrupt officials

PUTRAJAYA: "People involved in corruption resulting in losses for the country will not get away with it," said Tan Sri Azam Baki in a stern warning.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner said all money was traceable, especially in the age of technology.

"We will use every means under the law to curb smuggling and corruption.

"Don't think that because you did it a few years ago that we can't trace you.

"This is a warning from us, the anti-corruption enforcers. People who are corrupt and people who collude with smugglers, resulting in losses for the country, will not get away with it.

"I believe that with the technology we have now, we can trace all the money you obtained illegally," Azam said at a press conference announcing MACC's arrest of 34 Customs Department officers over their alleged involvement in smuggling.

He said in the coming months, MACC would focus on probing enforcement officers who accept bribes.

"Five years ago, people would hear about petty corruption cases. But I have now given the instruction to investigate corruption among government officers, especially enforcement officers, whether they're involved with groups or syndicates.

"We will focus on cases that involve significant losses for the country, regardless of the rank of the officers."

MACC is investigating several high-profile cases that have made headlines in recent weeks.

This includes MACC's arrest of 34 Customs officers suspected of being involved in the illegal smuggling of contraband resulting in up to RM2 billion in losses for the country over two years.

Another case involves a senior police officer and a policeman who were remanded for allegedly accepting bribes to turn a blind eye to illicit activities such as gambling, prostitution and gangsterism in Kuala Lumpur. RM1.2 million was seized from the senior cop.

MACC also detained the Negri Sembilan Customs Department director for allegedly receiving RM100,000 in bribes from syndicates to allow them to smuggle goods through the country's sea entry points.

Most Popular
Related Article
Says Stories