The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has called on all relevant agencies to join forces and dig deeper into illegal sand smuggling activities in the country.
MACC investigations director Mustafar Ali told The Star that illegal sand mining was rampant in Selangor, Johor, Perak and Pahang, with some enforcement officers admitting to accepting cash bribes and also sexual favours. He also said laws were rarely enforced.
The Johor government is starting its own investigation and welcomes all quarters, including the media, to provide evidence to the agencies, following the Starprobe report on sand smuggling in Johor.
An opposition MP has filed an emergency motion in Parliament to debate the sand smuggling activities in Sungai Johor.
The ease with which sand is being smuggled out of Malaysia via the country’s exit points poses a security threat, say security officials.