The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient's conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.
Personally, I think that not only those who received the bribes should be charged in court but those who gave the bribes should be charged as well.
Top govt officer among 8 held over graft, cheating
GEORGE TOWN: Eight people, including a high-ranking government officer here and four civil servants, have been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes and being involved in misappropriating cooking gas subsidies.
The officer was in his 50s, while the other seven were between 20s and 50s, state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission director Datuk Latifah Md Yatim said.
Latifah said the cooking gas was bought at a subsidised rate, put into industrial barrels and resold to factories at a normal rate.
"We believe we have successfully bust this syndicate," Latifah said here yesterday.
It was earlier reported that an enforcement team from MACC and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry last week raided three premises in Sungai Bakap on the mainland, and seized hundreds of liquefied petroleum gas cylinders worth RM200,000.
Taken from New Straits Times
Those who takes bribes so that others can make profit out of it are traitors of the country just like those people who let themselves to be agents of foreign nations to sell out this country to those foreigners.
Malaysia Lost RM754 Million To Sand Theft
KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) — It is estimated that the country lost RM754 million in revenue due to rampant sand theft and illegal logging throughout last year.
According to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Annual Report 2010, the government lost an estimated RM745 million in royalty due to sand theft and RM8.95 million from illegal logging.
With an estimated 3,000 lorries used to transport illegally-mined sand over the one-year period, the losses could amount to RM600 million, and another RM145 million lost to smuggling of sand to a neighbouring country, according to the report.
It said that throughout 2010, MACC received 410 tip-offs on corruption and power abuse related to illegal sand mining.
Forty-five investigation papers were opened, resulting in 43 arrests made, with 22 of the individuals involved charged in court for corruption offences and other wrong-doings related to sand mining.
The report said the bribes amounted to RM321,528, with RM88,000 being the highest amount received by an offender uncovered during last year’s ‘Ops Pasir’ (Operation Sand).
Six people were also arrested for bribery involving sex.
The MACC revealed in the report that besides offering bribes to enforcement officers, the culprits also issued threats.
“The illegal sand mining locations were fenced up and guarded by tontos, with some of the armed with guns.
“They not only interfered with enforcement work but also dared to threaten and point their pistols at the enforcement officers,” the report said.
With regard to illegal logging, it said the losses were based on the estimated value of the illegally-felled logs seized during ‘Ops Balak’ (Operation Timber) last year.
Throughout last year, 10 investigation papers were opened from 46 tip-offs received on corrupt practices related to illegal logging.
Some of the operations against illegal logging were carried out in Johor, Perak and Pahang including along the Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands Road, and in Kedah and Hulu Selangor.
In an enforcement operation at the Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve in Lenggong, Perak, the MACC found 800 logs worth RM250,00O and which were from illegally-felled trees.
In another operation at the Tersang Forest Reserve in Raub, Pahang, it was discovered that the stolen logs were sold to buyers at RM2,500 each.
In an operation in Kedah, the MACC arrested the South Kedah District Forestry director, an officer and two forest rangers for asking for bribes from a timber businessman.
The report said illegal logging not only caused heavy revenue loss but could also destroy the habitats and their eco-systems, besides threatening the lot of the Orang Asli who depended on jungle produce for a living. — BERNAMA
Bribery not only will make our country lose out in monetary terms but also the corrupt officers can be bought to do whatever dirty bidding of their paymasters.
Not only the sand theft and illegal logging will destroy the natural resources, but will also effect the people living nearby those areas.
Hundreds of millions of ringgit worth of sand shipped off to Singapore island
JOHOR BARU: After a hiatus of several months, sand thieves have returned with a vengeance to continue mining sand worth hundreds of millions of ringgit which is shipped off to Singapore.
The sandmen have expanded their activity along Sungai Johor, ignoring a national ban on the export of sand and despite a clampdown by the authorities last year.
Starprobe recently followed the trail of the illegal activity, which started from a jetty in Kota Tinggi, Johor, to Ulu Tiram, about 20km away, before the sand was loaded on to lorries after the washing process was completed.
A tug boat (top picture) on the Sungai Johor pulling a barge loaded with sand. On the left are two dredging ships. Above: Sand being loaded on to lorries by excavators at one of the collection areas in Pulau Punggol Timor in Singapore. — M. RAJAN / The Star
The sand is transported to several barges, each with a capacity of up to 4,000 tonnes. Some of the barges and tugboats were registered in Singapore.
Taken from The Star
Those motherfuckers who are involved with sand theft should also be investigated and arrested a.s.a.p.
I want to know what are the authorities are doing when these cases had been exposed over and over again in the media, but it is still rampant???
Are those officers sleeping on the job or they themselves are receiving some kind of pay from those sand thieves?
If they are doing their jobs, surely those motherfuckers who sold the sand to Singapore will be caught and put in jail for being traitors of this nation.
I bet some local gangsters are involved in this case because none of them are being caught or charged.
The majority of the people will not respect the law enforcement agencies because these cases are rampant and no action seems to be taken.
So, are these people on the payroll of these criminals? If not, why is there no legal action taken by them towards those criminals?
Those who received and gives bribes should be charged under the most harsh laws to give example to others not to do it.