Four cops held over graft allegations

GEORGE TOWN - After years of being allegedly victimised by four cops, a birds nest operator finally plucked up enough courage to report to the authorities.

Yesterday, the state Malaysian Anti-Cor­­ruption Commission (MACC) picked up the policemen - two of them officers - for allegedly soliciting a RM7,000 (S$2605.7) bribe from the man in Nibong Tebal.

The assistant superintendent, inspector and two corporals were detained at four undisclosed locations on the mainland following an ambush on Saturday.

They are said to be attached to the state police contingent headquarters.

It is learnt that the alleged corrupt practice had been going on for years before the victim, who is also a part-time antique dealer, decided to lodge a complaint with the commission.

The money was said to be part of a payment demanded by the policemen.

The policemen were also said to have taken an antique motorcycle, nine river stones used for landscaping and six bottles of liquor from him.

The commission had since seized all the items from the policemen.

When contacted, Penang MACC director Datuk M. Samarajoo confirmed the arrest, saying the policemen had been put under remand for a week starting yesterday.