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Illegal bauxite mining: 9 Land and Mines officers taken to court for remand

KUANTAN: Nine Pahang Land and Mines Office (PTG) enforcement officers arrived at the magistrate's court here today to be remanded to facilitate investigations into alleged illegal bauxite mining in the state.
The nine men, clad in orange Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lockup uniforms, shielded their faces against the flashing cameras by media personnel.
The men, aged between 29 and 59, would be brought for the remand hearing before Magistrate Tengku Eliana Tuan Kamaruzaman this morning.
The nine PTG officers were nabbed yesterday afternoon in a massive crackdown by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over mining of the lucrative mineral that violates existing moratorium against such activities.
The nine men were arrested at several locations around Kuantan at about 3.30pm to 3.45pm.
Yesterday morning, a 56-year-old senior enforcement officer from the Customs Department was also caught in the dragnet when he was arrested at a location in Kuantan at 12.15am.
Yesterday, he was ordered remanded for seven days starting from yesterday by Eliana.
MACC had raided the offices of PTG, the Royal Customs and Excise Department and Kuantan Port Authority (KPA) to seized documents related to the illegal bauxite mining activities.
The MACC had also detained 18 lorries transporting bauxite from illegal mines around Bukit Goh and Bukit Sagu at midnight two days ago.
The crackdown was launched following illegal mining activities still occurring despite the federal government having decided to extend a
the moratorium.
MACC deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry represented the graftbuster at the remand hearing today.

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