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The kopi-o tasted great, until the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) showed up. Bernama reports that over in East Malaysia, the commission has detained 14 people, including three Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers, to facilitate investigations into the ‘sale’ of driving licences in Sarawak.

The suspects, aged between 19 and 50, were picked up in a special operation carried out over the past week in Limbang, Miri, Bintulu and Sibu. According to state MACC director Datuk Badrul Shah Norman, those detained comprise three JPJ officers, nine members of the public who wished to obtain a driving licence as well as two individuals acting as ‘middle-men’.

“Initial MACC investigations have indicated that bribes were given to obtain licences to drive vehicles of various classes, without taking a driving test. It has been estimated that a price of between RM2,500 to RM2,800 was paid for each licence, according to the class of vehicle being applied for,” he said.

He said that the parties were found trying to obtain the licences by submitting false documents to change Brunei driving licences into Malaysian ones.