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KOTA BARU, Nov 21, 2015:

Thirty-three suspects were detained by the Kelantan Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with numerous bribery cases between January and yesterday.

Its director, Datuk Ab Aziz Aban, said those detained comprised 25 employees of federal and state governments, six civilians and two private company workers.

“The statistics from the past 10 years showed that 11 individuals were charged each year, with over 350 reports lodged each year.

“However, since 2014, we received approximately 160 reports of higher quality and as a result more suspects have been taken to court,” he told reporters after attending the MACC Futsal Carnival in conjunction with the World Anti-Corruption Day 2015 celebration here today.

Ab Aziz said the cases involved bribery of between RM300 and RM80,000.

He said four of the suspects had been convicted, 21 had been prosecuted, two faced disciplinary action, four were under investigation, one was blacklisted, and one case was closed for lack of evidence.

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