IPOH, Dec 8 — A police officer with the rank of assistant commissioner has been remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for abusing his power and accepting RM70,000 in alleged bribes.
The 59-year-officer was detained after recording statements at the Perak MACC office at 7.30pm yesterday.
MACC Investigation Department Senior Director Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani said the officer’s 54-year-old wife, who is a housewife, and a 34-year-old businesswoman were also detained to aid investigations.
“All three were remanded for five days starting today to aid investigations into the case,” he said in a statement here.
Based on initial investigations, the officer was alleged to have received RM 70,000 from a businesswoman via his wife’s bank account.
The businesswoman, who is suspected of having special interests with the former police chief, is believed to have donated the money for one of his children’s wedding ceremonies which was held in February this year.
She is suspected of wiring the money to the officer in two transactions, totalling RM 20,000 and RM50,000 respectively.
After arresting the trio, MACC personnel officers raided the officer’s home and found cash totalling nearly RM1 million, and jewellery hidden in a safe.
The officer was formerly a district police chief stationed in Perak, before he was transferred to the Perak police contingent early last month.
The trio were brought to the Ipoh lower court here in handcuffs by MACC officials at around 10.45am.
All three individuals were escorted from the court complex around one hour later.
In August, a Malay daily reported that the officer and his wife were under investigation for abuse of power and accepting bribes.
It also reported that the allegations were exposed in an open letter to former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, which was later spread online.