I found this news from Malaysian Insider. We all know about this land smuggling issue which occurred few weeks ago. What was interesting is the fact that action was only taken when our ex-PM wrote in his blog sarcastically. Do we all really think that this started to happen only recently??
Eventhough sand export to Singapore has been banned since late 90s, if I am not mistaken, I think everyone knows that it is still being exported to Singapore. Now you know why Singapore is not begging Malaysia to sell sand to them!!
Bribery is rampant in many government agencies especially in customs. There are so many jobless custom officers at the check point that they don’t even bother to check on anything. For 2 years I was travelling between Singapore and Malaysia weekly and not even once I saw an immigration officer even looking at my face (comparing with the passport photo) or scanning my bag, a matter of fact for any of the travellers. You can smuggle anything if you want to. The scanning machines installed in both JB and second link checkpoints are just for show. Infact, at times you will see the officers sleeping at the machine or facing the back against you. Sometimes they will be reading Utusan Malaysia at the scanning machine area. occasionally, for courtesy sake, they will ask some of who are carrying big bags to scan.
UMNO keep instigating the Malays to go against the non-Malays by saying that the Chinese wants to take over the country etc etc. If you read Zaid Ibrahim’s book ” I too am Malay“, he said that the Malays seem to be so concerned about the non-malays but have forgotten the fact that there are millions of foreign workers in this country who are taking away all the jobs that the Malays suppose to do!! Well, he said it right. Of course , smart people will know that this is UMNO’s politics. Without Malay support, they are gone, thus use non-Malays as punching bag!
Well, in this news you can see who is selling Malaysia. When you take people without merit and of low intelligence, corruption is bound to occur.
No doubt, even the smart and intelligent Malays are also leaving the country…………………
JOHOR BARU, Jan 29 — Two men pleaded not guilty to charges of accepting bribes in connection with the smuggling of sand to Singapore, at two separate Sessions Courts here today.
A Customs Department officer was charged with accepting bribes amounting to RM5,600 while an officer of the state Land and Mines Department director’s office was charged with accepting RM800, according to a report by The Star Online.
Syahrol Md Zain, 31, with the Customs’ Prevention Unit in Johor Baru, was accused of accepting a RM2,400 bribe from Sendry Anak Ugi, 44, at a room in the Zon Hotel at 1.15pm on July 10 last year.
According to the report the bribe was in exchange for not taking action against four lorries which were found to have smuggled sand to Singapore.
He was also charged with accepting a RM3,200 bribe from Sendry at the Bar Trevi Lounge at the Grand Blue Wave hotel here at about 7.37pm on Aug 5 last year in exchange for not taking action against four lorries which had smuggled sand to Singapore.
Sessions Court Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin set bail at RM5,000 in one surety and March 9 for mention.
In another Sessions court, Johairi Ahmad, 41, was charged with accepting a RM800 bribe from Sendry at a room in Grand Blue Wave Hotel at 4.09pm on Aug 6 last year.
The bribe was also for not taking action against four lorries which were found to have smuggled sand to Singapore.
Smuggling sand is classified under Section 135 (1) (c) of the Customs Act 1967.
Sessions Court Judge Aliman Musri fixed bail at RM6,000 in one surety and set March 26 for mention.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Noorfazlin Hamdan prosecuted both cases while both accused were not represented.
The charges were classified under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti Graft Act 2009.
The men face not more than 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of not less than five times the amount of bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
They posted bail.