Car wash operator, friend remanded two days over alleged bribe attempt

The two suspects are seen being escorted out from the courtroom after the remand application.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Aug 11: The owner of a car wash operation and a friend have been remanded for two days to facilitate investigations in connection with an attempt to bribe Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commision (MACC) Miri branch officers with RM2,000 to avoid action being taken against them for allegedly employing foreign workers without valid working permits.

The remand order, effective today (August 11) until August 13, was issued by Magistrate Leona Dominic Mojiliu , following an application by the MACC at the Miri Magistrates Court here today.

Initially, the prosecution which was led Markfaisarrudin Mohd Alias applied for five days’ remand.

According to the charge sheet, the duo aged 32 and 39 was arrested during an inspection carried out on the premises located along Jalan Brooke on Monday (Aug 10). Enforcement officers consisting of Miri MACC and Immigration Department (Miri) personnel found that five of their foreign workers, all Indonesians, had no valid working permits.

It was alleged that the suspects had attempted to hand over RM2,000 to the officers as an inducement to free the foreign workers for not having valid documents and to avoid action being taken against their operations.

The arrests were made around 5.40pm on Aug 10.

The case is being investigated under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2019 which carries a fine of five times the sum of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, and a jail term of not more than 20 years.

Both suspects were presented and represented by counsel. — DayakDaily