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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9, 2015:

Three more people, including a woman, have been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for suspected involvement in the payment of bribes to cover up illegal bauxite mining.

MACC investigations director Datuk Mohd Azam Baki said the three individuals were arrested separately in Kuantan between 4pm and 11.55pm on Friday.

Mohd Azam said they were believed to have played the role of mediators in the illegal sale of mineral ore transfer documents, or form 13D, to unlicensed miners.

“All of them are aged between 44 and 50 years and are members of the public.

“This is a follow-up on the issue of uncontrolled bauxite mining and loss of government revenue in Pahang.

“They were remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009,” he said in a statement today.

He said MACC was still conducting investigations to trace those involved in corruption that resulted in illegal mining activities and leakages estimated at RM187 million in royalties as per last year’s collection.

“MACC would like to call on the public to provide information on individuals involved in giving and receiving bribes concerning illegal bauxite mining.”

On Thursday, MACC arrested four employees of the Department of Land and Mines in Kuantan, including a senior officer on suspicion of demanding and accepting bribes from illegal bauxite miners in the state.

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