The suspects being escorted from the courtroom after the remand order.

MIRI: The owner of a car wash premises and a friend have been remanded for two days to facilitate investigations in connection with their attempt to bribe Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Miri personnel with a sum of RM2,000 to avoid legal actions being taken against them for allegedly employing foreign workers without valid working permits.

Magistrate Leona Dominic Mojiliu meted out the remand order starting Aug 11 until 13, following an application by MACC at the Miri Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 11). 

According to the facts of the case, the suspects aged 32 and 39, were arrested during an inspection carried out on the premises located at Jalan Brooke on Monday (Aug 10).

The enforcement team consisting of MACC Miri and Immigration Department personnel found that five of their foreign workers who are Indonesians, had no valid working permits.

It was believed that the suspects had attempted to offer RM2,000 to the officers to avoid action being taken against their operations.

The arrests were made around 5.40pm on Aug 10.

The case is being investigated under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2019 which carries a fine of five times the sum of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, and a jail term of not more than 20 years.

The prosecution was led by MACC officer Markfaisarrudin Mohd Alias. Both suspects were present and represented by a counsel.