JOHOR BARU: Seven Road Transport Department (JPJ) personnel under investigation for corruption have been remanded for seven days by a magistrate’s court here.
Johor Baru magistrate’s court Assistant Registrar Nurmadiana Mamat issued the remand order against the suspects on Monday (Feb 22).
The case is being investigated under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of five times the value of the offence committed, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
On Sunday (Feb 21), MACC arrested the seven over alleged corruption involving motor vehicle licences here.
The suspects, aged from 27 to 42, were arrested at the state MACC office over licences involving some 1,000 vehicles.
According to an MACC source, the suspects – two women and five men – manned JPJ counters in Johor.
“The suspects are believed to have manipulated JPJ’s MySikap system to handle the licences and had caused losses of about RM3.1mil in road taxes to the state JPJ within six months between July and December 2019,” said the source.