Five MBSA officers and one foreign national have been remanded in total.
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An assistant enforcement officer from the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) is the latest individual to be remanded to facilitate investigations into allegations of protecting unlicensed business operators in Sungai Buloh.
What you need to know: At about 9.30pm yesterday, the 38-year-old man was arrested at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters after giving his statement.
Why it matters: Speaking of the recent arrests made in relation to the case, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya did not discount the possibility that a form of syndicated bribery was occurring among enforcement personnel.
Such corrupted activities are detrimental to legitimate business owners who go through the trouble of obtaining licenses and ensuring their operations are up to health and safety standards.
If enforcement officers are working with illegal operators, this means that consumers rights are also not protected.
How it got here: Allegations of enforcement officers accepting bribes from illegal business operators as protection money started from a viral video clip posted on Facebook.
Mohd Asri Hamid, a 42-year-old burger stall operator claimed in the video that the local authorities were not taking any action against illegal gambling dens and contraband cigarette stalls in Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh.
The video resulted in MACC and Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standards Compliance Department investigating the claims and arresting several individuals including four MBSA enforcement officers yesterday.
The officers were suspected of collecting and receiving between RM300 to RM3,500 of monthly protection money from the unlicensed traders in the district.
Bismillah… dengan pendedahan ini saya mungkin akan di bunuh… jika saya mati dibunuh saya harap tuan2 tahu siapa punya angkara… mari saya tunjukkan bagaimana MBSA pilih bulu, anda nilai lah sendiri intergriti ketua MBSA Cawangan Sungai Buluh…Posted by Hot Burger Malaysia on Saturday, 8 August 2020
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