Friday June 22, 2012
Indian nationals nabbed over bribery bid
TWO Indian nationals were nabbed after one of them allegedly offered a RM50 bribe to two policemen, who had stopped them for riding a motorcycle without a licence in Beach Street, Penang.
The policemen were on a motorcycle anti-crime patrol when they spotted the two, who were subsequently instructed to pull over.
The rider was checked and he was found to be without a licence. The pillion rider then offered the bribe to the policemen but was arrested instead.
They were handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com-mission (MACC) Penang office following the 11.15am incident on Wednesday.
The offence is punishable under Section 17 (b) of the MACC Act 2009, which carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the bribe amount.
George Town Deputy OCPD Supt Ismail Toh Paduka Idris said investigations showed that the Indian nationals were restaurant workers.
He said: “There are times when we hear of policemen being nabbed for accepting bribes. But this time, the two policemen did us proud by acting with integrity.”
He was speaking to reporters after a high profile policing programme at the International School of Penang (Uplands) in Batu Ferringhi on Wednesday.
Supt Ismail with some 30 officers and policemen also distributed pamphlets on crime prevention tips to the school students.
He said the programme was a proactive measure taken by the police to curb crime following the recent kidnapping of Dutch boy Nayati Shamelin Moodliar in Kuala Lumpur.
“This is an on-going effort. We will assign some policemen to patrol the area after school hours.
“This is just the start. We will conduct a similar programme in other international schools soon,” he said.