While many of us are still digesting the lemang we consumed over the holiday season, some more unsettling news has made its way onto the weird place that is the internet, in the form of what appears to be a local council enforcement officer accepting a holiday bribe.
A video clip taken from inside a mall shop in the Kelana Jaya neighborhood of Petaling Jaya, a Kuala Lumpur suburb, appears to show a gentleman wearing a PJ City Council (MBPJ) uniform, walking into a shop and taking a white envelope from the man behind the counter.
Sean Oon, a former MBPJ officer doubled-down on the allegations, saying that the practice has long been complained about by local business owners. He made the statement outside of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission offices yesterday, adding that the officer in the video clip has since returned to the establishment from where the CCTV was captured, demanding to speak to the owner.
Kantoi much, buddy?
It is believed that the incident occurred a week before the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations at the beginning of the month.
According to sources familiar with the matter, The Star revealed that shopkeepers were asked to pay anywhere between RM100 (US$25) and RM300 (US$75) to avoid any fines coming their way from MBPJ officers who would be coming their way. Allegedly, the officers were looking for illegal promotional materials hung outside and inside shops, but told owners they could avoid fines by giving them the monetary gift.
Individuals who chose not to cough up the duit kopi were later fined up to RM1,000 (US$250) for infractions.
According to local assemblyman Ronnie Liu, it was the first time that he had heard of such practices taking place in Selangor, and that only four businesses chose to give the officers money. They others all receives tickets and fines.
Liu, along with the affected owners, went to MACC headquarters yesterday to file their complaints. MBPJ has yet to give comment.
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