26 April 2013 – Customs deputy director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim was shot dead this morning at approximately 8.40am when he was on his way to work in Putrajaya.
“This is disrespectful,” says Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.
He was commenting on an incident when 15 Customs officers put on underwear over their heads to hide their faces as they were being brought into the Petaling Jaya Magistrates court to be remanded.
“It does not reflect well on the judiciary when these incidents happen,” said Justice Zulkefli, adding that he did not want to see a repeat of such antics.
KUALA LUMPUR: Eight Customs officers previously detained for investigation into liquor-smuggling to evade duties were today charged with 25 counts of receiving RM31,200 in kickbacks.
Monday September 29, 2014 MYT 6:00:47 PM
KL Customs chief, 5 senior officers charged with 21 counts of corruption
SHAH ALAM: Kuala Lumpur Customs Department director Datuk Mohd Isa Endot and five other senior Customs officers were charged in the Sessions Court here Monday, with 21 counts of corruption for receiving bribes amounting to RM39,200 between February and August this year.
The graft cases were in connection with the smuggling of liquor with unpaid duties.
The five other officers charged include assistant superintendent Muhamad Helmi Burhanudin from the Selangor Customs headquarters and Senior Asst Supt II Wan Azman Wan Ali from the KL Customs Department.
The others are Asst Supt Mohamad Fauzi Kamsar, Supt Shamsul Anwar Mohd Radzi and senior Customs officer Azlee Mohamed Yusof, also from the KL Customs Department.
Mohd Isa, Muhamad Helmi, Wan Azman and Mohamad Fauzi were separately charged while Shamsul Anwar and Azlee were jointly charged.
Wednesday September 24, 2014 MYT 7:25:57 PM
Customs officers cause commotion at court with underwear stunt
A few of the Customs officers who attempted to hide their faces with underwear
PETALING JAYA: Fifteen customs officers being remanded at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court created a scene when some of them donned underwear on their heads in an attempt to hide their identities.
The officers had their remand extended on Wednesday by Magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abd Wahid for another five days to assist in the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigations into alleged smuggling of cigarettes and alcohol.
The 15 are being investigated under the MACC Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering Act and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2010.
8:55AM Sep 23, 2014
Press man attacked while covering court case
A freelance videographer was attacked by a customs officer outside the Kuala Lumpur sessions court yesterday.
Lutin Ahmad, 39, claimed he was attacked by a man who was escorting five senior customs officers charged with accepting bribes to allow smuggling and the misuse of facilities at the Port Klang Free Trade Zone.
The man was trying to block the media from recording footage of the accused, when he suddenly lashed out at Lutin, the Malaysian Gazette reported.
“Suddenly the irritated man aggressively assaulted me by touching and twisting my neck that I lost my balance.
“I fell before the man became even more aggressive and tried to stomp on me,” he was quoted as saying.
Lutin, a stringer for RTM, claimed the man tried to attack him a second time when he approached the five officers with his camera, but was stopped by other media at the scene.
Video: 13 more Customs officers nabbed
11:29AM Sep 19, 2014
Customs director charged with eight counts of graft
A Customs Department director has been charged with eight counts of receiving a total of RM80,000 in bribes at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
Mohd Nasir Said, 58, is charged with receiving RM10,000 each time at the Tesco, Taman Midah, Cheras between October 2012 and July 2014.
He is charged with taking the bribe as impetus not to take action in seizing liquor, which is a taxable item.
Mohd Nasir claimed trial to all the charges before Sessions judge Rosbiah Hanin.
Meanwhile, at the Shah Alam Sessions Court seven Customs officers including a principal assistant director of Customs, Saad Ishak, 57, were charged with corruption.
According to a press release, Saad faces nine counts of corruption.
The others charged were Abdul Ghafar Mohamad, 46, (19 charges), Mohd Ariffin Zakaria, 56 (one charge), Sohaizan Othman, 39 (one), Abdul Razak Basri, 55, 11 and Hizam Abd Ghani, 56 (52 charges) and Azlee Mohamad Yusof, 48, (five).
They are charged with not taking action on individuals and companies at the Port Klang Free Zone.
The Shah Alam Sessions Court fixed Oct 30 for mention after they claimed trial.
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Thursday September 4, 2014 MYT 7:09:20 AM
Customs men in crime ring busted
PETALING JAYA: Twelve Customs officers – including a state director – are among 22 people arrested for alleged corrupt activities involving hundreds of millions of ringgit worth of contraband items.
They were detained in simultaneous raids in Klang, Dengkil and Cheras.
It is understood that those arrested were members of the largest syndicate smuggling cigarettes and alcohol from Port Klang’s duty free zone, who then sold the contraband in the local and international markets.
The swoop yesterday involved the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, police, Bank Negara and CyberSecurity.
It is believed the syndicate would import the items but without going through the usual Customs inspection. The items for which duty is not paid, are then “distributed” to local sundry shops to be sold off at a fraction of the regular price.
MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said the enforcement officers detained had allegedly accepted bribes to “let through” the smuggled items without collecting Customs duties.
“We believe the duty for the smuggled items amounted to hundreds of millions of ringgit.
“Among those detained were 10 company owners and their agents as well as a lorry driver, who transported the smuggled items,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
Customs officer pleads guilty to graft
Last updated on 3 September 2014 – 09:51pm
IPOH: A customs officer was sentenced to five months jail and fined RM10,000, in default four months’ jail, after he pleaded guilty in the sessions court today to a charge of demanding RM500 from an individual.
Haminuddin Mohamed Hair, 40, an assistant superintendent, had demanded the money from Sahabudin Mohamed Gani as an inducement not to take action against him for keeping and selling cigarettes on which duty was not paid.
PETALING JAYA: The Customs Department urged luxury car owners whose cars were seized for not having Approved Permits (AP) and using the car in the mainland beyond the permitted period, to settle compounds imposed on their imported cars.
Kuala Lumpur Customs director Datuk Mohd Isa Endot said the owners of luxury cars had failed to settle compounds for various offences related to their imported cars.
Mohd Isa said the Customs had seized 120 imported cars in the city from Dec 2013 to January 2014.
“The tax for the seized cars is RM60 million while the cars are worth about RM14 million,” he told reporters, here today.