Three Maqis officers on remand over meat cartel issue

Three Maqis officers on remand over meat cartel issue
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JOHOR BARU (Jan 19): Three assistant enforcement officers of the Malaysian Department of Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) in Johor were ordered on remand for five days for alleged corrupt activities in connection with the issue of the meat cartel.

The remand order, from today until Jan 23, was issued by Johor Baru Court registrar Nur Fathiah Mohd Fedzir following an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The three officers, aged between 40 and 55, were arrested at the state MACC headquarters at 7pm yesterday when they were called to give their statements.

 It is understood that they are attached with the MAQIS office at the Tanjung Pelepas Port, Gelang Patah in Iskandar Puteri; the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex at the Sultan Iskandar Building, Johor Baru; and at the Muar Office respectively.

This is the second arrest involving MAQIS officers in Johor in connection with the meat cartel case.

The first time was on Jan 7, involving two officers, aged 27 and 31.

In December, MAQIS unearthed the cartel's activities, which brought in meat without a halal certificate, before placing fake halal logos on the meat for sale in the local market.