Nine JPJ personnel with 162 charges to be charged

Nine JPJ personnel with 162 charges to be charged

GEORGE TOWN: The nine Road Transport Department (JPJ) personnel who are facing a total of 162 bribery charges will be charged tomorrow at the Butterworth Sessions Court for their involvement in a lorry protection racket.

A Malay daily reported that the nine were JPJ officers and from the former Land Public Transport Commission.

They will be charged under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009 for receiving bribes and not taking action against lorry companies that committed offences against the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and the Road Transport Act 1987.

They were arrested following an expose on a lorry protection racket involving the JPJ after the the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) arrested 24 personnel in April.

The personnel from the Penang JPJ branch were arrested on April 16 along with several civilians who acted as proxies and middlemen, as well as company owners.

Previous reports citing sources said the enforcement officers were believed to have received monthly payments between RM10,000 and RM32,000 that served as inducement for the JPJ enforcement officers to avoid taking action against lorry drivers who committed road offences.

The payments were also for tip-offs which companies and drivers received to alert them about JPJ operations.

Sources also said those who had paid the “protection” money would be given special logos to display on their windscreens for JPJ personnel to identify them.

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