Another 62 Customs officers arrested

From Bernama:

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 17:36:00

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested 62 Customs officers of various ranks and posts under the 3b operation for alleged involvement in corruption, money laundering and other
offences.

MACC Investigation Division direction Datuk Mustafar Ali said the investigations carried out since last Monday, led by the MACC with the cooperation of five other agencies, found that more than RM10 billion had been
smuggled out of the country.

He said from the number arrested, 53 male and nine female officers aged between 24 and 56, were arrested recently with 17 of them, including a Customs director, remanded.

“Cases investigated under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 involved RM1.2 billion. Besides that, RM602 million have been frozen, RM382 million sealed and RM31.2 million worth of property forfeited,” he told reporters, here, today.

He said the operation was carried out at five main ports – Klang, Kuantan, Penang, Tanjung Pelapas and Pasir Gudang – with 48 officers arrested in Port
Klang alone.

Among the discoveries from the operation were bank savings account of up to almost RM500,000, RM850,000 in a unit trust account, and luxury cars.

“Yesterday, three bags containing cash of RM625,250, five gold bars worth RM50,000 and two imitation pistols with 241 bullets were found at a Customs officer’s house,” said Mustafar.

"Some of the officers arrested also admitted to receiving bribes of between RM100 and RM500 for each K1 form, which is the Customs’ goods declaration form, since five months ago.

"We’ve also traced that RM10,000 was banked into an account each month, with seven transactions made so far.

“We found a lot of money banked into some of the officers’ bank accounts, RM200,000 worth of investment in a unit trust and a branded gold watch owned by an officer,” he said.

Mustafar said the MACC officers found RM65,000 in cash, firecrackers, fireworks and kretek cigarettes at the house of the Customs director who was arrested and still under remand.

“We are still investigating the assets owned by him because there were thousands and even millions of ringgit in several bank accounts of his. One account had RM500,000 and another, RM2.1 million.”

He said the 3b operation focused on getting back the government revenue siphoned and on ridding the Customs Department of corrupt practices.

“The country is denied by ‘dirty hands’, of large sums of revenue which could affect the economy,” he added.

get to the big FISH la!

why don’t arrest the one who steal rm5mil as a commission from fighter jet transaction?

if they really catch all i think customs have to close down XD

Better than nothing. I praise those who stood up against them.

election coming mah…must do some good show n look for scapegoat hehehehe

Small flies already ‘earning’ so much…imagine how much the big fishes ‘earn’? Hope this operations does not stop at small flies and letting the big fishes slip away.

Corrupt officers…gotta catch 'em all!

wonder why no action for sarawak?

whose behind all this?.. do u dare to investigate political man? hahhaa… why go catch pawn… go get king la… hahah… stupid law with stupid ppl… stupid games . Pawn cover king , king do what? hahha zz =_=’

PM prepared to meet Customs union

PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is prepared to meet Customs union representatives over issues faced by the department.

It will not be a problem. I can meet them, at the appropriate time, he said here on Saturday.

Peninsular Malaysia Customs Officers Union president Ibrahim Ahmad had on Friday requested a meeting with Najib, saying the morale and credibility of Customs officers and staff had been tarnished by reports on corruption and money-laundering to the tune of RM108bil involving Customs officers.

Ibrahim had also said that reports claiming corruption and money-laundering involving Customs officers amounting to RM108bil were illogical because the department had generated revenue of only RM28.3bil last year.

Asked about the corruption and money-laundering allegations, Najib said there would be not be problems if all Customs officers adhered to regulations.

There will be no problems if we adhere to regulations (in the course of our work). In the case of import of products, for example, there will be no problem if we declare the products at the right price.

Problems crop up if we do not want to declare or under-declare. If we adhere to regulations, there should not be any problems, he said.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?fi … sec=nation

Customs officers union asking for ‘media protection’’ for failing to do their job. :roll:

hahaah… cakap senang la… political will hiding all their dirty job… siapa yg kena?.. org yg tolong mereka juga yg kena… haha… why investigate org yg makan rasuah… kenapa tak investigate dari mana dtg nya brg yg dikatakan untuk merasuah?.. siapa yg punya barang, siapa yg punya share?.. hahha… rakyat senang diperbodohkan … haha…

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PM prepared to meet Customs union

PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is prepared to meet Customs union representatives over issues faced by the department.

It will not be a problem. I can meet them, at the appropriate time, he said here on Saturday.

Peninsular Malaysia Customs Officers Union president Ibrahim Ahmad had on Friday requested a meeting with Najib, saying the morale and credibility of Customs officers and staff had been tarnished by reports on corruption and money-laundering to the tune of RM108bil involving Customs officers.

Ibrahim had also said that reports claiming corruption and money-laundering involving Customs officers amounting to RM108bil were illogical because the department had generated revenue of only RM28.3bil last year.

Asked about the corruption and money-laundering allegations, Najib said there would be not be problems if all Customs officers adhered to regulations.

There will be no problems if we adhere to regulations (in the course of our work). In the case of import of products, for example, there will be no problem if we declare the products at the right price.

Problems crop up if we do not want to declare or under-declare. If we adhere to regulations, there should not be any problems, he said.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?fi … sec=nation

Customs officers union asking for ‘media protection’’ for failing to do their job. :roll:[/quote]

Just feels like Kerismuddin and cow head protest again. When kerismuddin met with the protesters, we thought he was going to warn them. Instead, he justify their action and dare to declare their uncivilized, racist nature perfectly ok. I have a feeling Najib is going to declare everything ok and that custom adhered to regulation, case close, no need to go for big fishies anymore and reappear with a new merc on his front yard.