Vietnamese Datuk remanded in probe into graft involving MMEA officers

Vietnamese Datuk remanded in probe into graft involving MMEA officers

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has obtained a seven-day remand order against a Vietnamese woman with a Datuk title to assist a probe into alleged graft involving the encroachment of Malaysian waters by foreign fishermen.

The remand order, effective today, was issued by Ainna Sherina Saipolamin at the Putrajaya magistrate’s court.

The 41-year-old was detained at the MACC office in Kuantan yesterday after she was summoned by the anti-graft body.

She had allegedly paid RM890,000 in five transactions to maritime officers in exchange for the release of Vietnamese boats that were seized for various offences.

The remand would assist the MACC in identifying the boat owners and crewmen who were released as a result of the bribe, as well as the seized boats that were using false registrations.

The MACC will also probe the extent of links between public witnesses and those working with government agencies that conspired with the suspect.

The case is being investigated under Section 16(B)(b) of the MACC Act 2009.

Last week, the Vietnamese suspect was charged in Kuantan for allegedly offering an RM800,000 bribe to two Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers as an inducement to release nine Vietnamese fishing boats seized under the Fisheries Act 1985.

It is believed that the accused has been living in the country for the past 17 years and is married to a local.

On Nov 5, the MACC arrested 22 individuals for alleged corruption involving the encroachment of Malaysian waters by foreign fishermen.

The Commission also seized RM1.9 million and froze 44 accounts with funds amounting to RM2 million.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said that the detainees comprised seven Vietnamese (including two women); six civil servants; and nine other Malaysians.

The suspects were arrested in a joint operation with the MMEA called ‘Ops Armada,’ which aimed to address the issue of illegal fishing by foreign parties.

 

NST