After a month of surveillance on several companies and individuals suspected of corrupt practices, under-declaring Customs duties, tax evasion, money laundering and illegal remittance of funds overseas, the team carried out raids on private homes and companies coast-to-coast.
(According to the Star "billions of ringgit have been siphoned by way of tax evasion, money laundering and illegal outflow of funds here by a syndicate with tentacles in many organisations.")
Yesterday, the team arrested a senior Customs officer (a datuk) and his wife, who is also a senior Customs officer. They are being remanded for four days.
The couple, in their 50s, will facilitate investigations into their suspected involvement in corruption and money laundering activities.
MACC prosecuting officer Raja Mohd Shasrizam Raja Nik Mahmud said the couple were being investigated under Section 17(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.
The prosecution had requested for a seven-day remand order, but the court allowed them only four days.
The operation, jointly conducted by the MACC, Inland Revenue Board, Customs Department and Bank Negara Malaysia, saw raids carried out in four states - Penang, Johor, Selangor and Pahang. They also froze 150 bank accounts to facilitate investigations.
Also read this report HERE.