Rosdi (right) shows the illicit cigarettes seized during Ops Libas in Kampung Triboh Serian.

KUCHING: A man found out it does not pay to bribe law enforcers.

The man had dangled a RM58,700 bribe before members of a raiding party during ‘Ops Libas’ conducted at Kampung Triboh, Serian recently.

The man had offered the bribe in an attempt to save himself after he was caught in possession of contraband cigarettes estimated to be worth RM200,640.

The 11th Battalion, General Operations Force (PGA) commanding officer Supt Rosdi Inai said the offer was made after the 56-year-old suspect failed to present the relevant and valid documents for the goods (1,216 cartons of various cigarette brands) stored at a premises belonging to him in Kampung Triboh, during the raid on Tuesday.

“The illicit goods seized were estimated to be worth RM200,640 and initial investigation revealed that they were smuggled from a neighbouring country to be sold in the local market.

“The suspect was arrested for attempting to bribe under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) 2009 Act which provides for up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of not less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is the higher,” he told a press conference at PGA headquarters here yesterday.

Rosdi pointed out that the seized goods were handed over to the Serian District Police Headquarters for further action.

He said the operation was led by its intelligence officer ASP Mohd Mazlan Mohd Ariff together with officers from the MACC.

Rosdi urged members of the public to provide information on any criminal or suspicious activity particularly in the border area.

Rosdi (right) shows the illicit cigarettes seized during Ops Libas in Kampung Triboh Serian.