SEREMBAN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained two men for claiming to be Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) personnel and allegedly soliciting a RM3,000 bribe.

Sources said the suspects, aged 28 and 29, were arrested separately here at 4.20pm and 8.50pm on Thursday.

It is understood that on Jan 2, the 29-year-old suspect allegedly solicited RM3,000 from a man who was facing a fine for having carried out improper modification of the meter box at his home.

"The payment was supposed to (be in exchange for a) 50 per cent discount of the total fine.

“However, the man lodged a report with the MACC for further action,” he said.

Based on the report, the MACC planned a setup to entrap the duo and arranged for the man to pay RM1,000 to the 29-year-old suspect.

“After the suspect received the RM1,000 bribe on Thursday, and before he could hand over a RM500 cut to the 28-year-old suspect, MACC officers emerged and arrested the duo," he added.

The case is being investigated under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009 for soliciting and accepting bribes, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years, and a fine of five times the amount of the bribe, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Meanwhile, Special Remand Court Assistant Registrar Nur Haryatie Mohd Saini allowed both suspects to be remanded for five days from Friday to allow the MACC to complete their investigation.

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained two men for claiming to be Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) personnel and allegedly soliciting a RM3,000 bribe. Pix by Iqmal Haqim Rosman