SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - Seven senior Customs officers have been charged in the Sessions Court here with nearly 100 counts of accepting bribes of between RM500 (S$195.49) and RM298,000 under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009.
Senior assistant director Datuk Saad Ishak, 57, faces nine counts of accepting a total of RM29,000 in bribes from a "Malaysian citizen" as an inducement not to impose duties on goods comprising liquor.
Saad, who is attached to the intelligence unit of the Putrajaya Customs headquarters, allegedly committed the offences at two restaurants in Kampung Melayu Subang between October last year and July this year.
Mohd Ariffin Zakaria, 57, an assistant director attached to the enforcement unit at the Customs headquarters at Dengkil, was charged with receiving a RM2,000 bribe as an inducement not to take action over offences under Section 135 of the Customs Act involving duty on liquor.
He allegedly committed the offence at the PJ Hilton lobby in early 2012.
Senior officer Azlee Mohamed Yusof, 48, of the Federal Territory Customs enforcement unit, stands accused of five counts of accepting a total of RM77,000 in bribes from two persons for the same purpose.
He allegedly committed the offence at the Old Town White Coffee Restaurant and Giant hypermarket parking area in Kelana Jaya on July 2012 and between May and August this year.
The fourth officer charged was state Customs enforcement unit assistant director Sohaizan Othman, 41.
He is accused of receiving RM1,000 as an inducement not to take action over offences under Section 135 of the Customs Act which involved liquor.
Sohaizan allegedly committed the offence at the Old Town White Coffee Restaurant in Kelana Jaya in April 2012.
Assistant director of the Federal Territory Customs enforcement unit Abd Razak Basri, 55, faces 11 counts of accepting RM22,000 in bribes through senior Customs officer Hizam Abd Ghani for the same purpose.
The offences allegedly took place at a petrol kiosk in Jalan USJ 2/2C in Subang Jaya between October last year and last month.
Abdul Ghafar Mohamad, 46, an assistant director of the Federal Territory Customs enforcement unit, faces 19 charges and is alleged to have accepted a total of RM38,000 in bribes for the same purpose at the same place.
Finally, Hizam Abd Ghani, 56, a senior officer with the Federal Territory Customs enforcement unit, faces 52 counts of accepting a total of RM298,000 in bribes for the same purpose and on behalf of Abdul Ghafar at the petrol kiosk.
All were charged under Section 17(a) and Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009.
They claimed trial before judge Noradidah Ahmad.
The judge fixed bail between RM5,000 and RM40,000 and ordered the accused to surrender their passports pending disposal of their cases.
The court later set Oct 30 for mention.