KUALA LUMPUR: Rela officers are now stationed at three congested Puspakom centres following the recent crackdown by the authorities on staff and runners involved in corrupt practices.
The centres, which are known to have many vehicles coming in for inspection, are the Wangsa Maju centre in Jalan Genting Klang here, Padang Jawa in Selangor and Mak Mandin in Penang.
"Rela officers are now at these centres to stop the runners from coming in and mingling with the officers like they used to," said Puspakom chief executive officer Datuk Salamat Wahit at a press conference at the Wangsa Maju centre yesterday.
Also present was Anti-Corruption Agency director-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan and his deputy, Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed.
Many vehicles are inspected at the three centres, especially during peak hours from 10am to 3pm.
Puspakom has 63 other centres nationwide but they do not face the same problem. Security there is handled by their own staff.
It is learnt that many of the staff and runners who allegedly accepted bribes were from the Wangsa Maju branch.
Salamat said Puspakom had suspended 23 of its officers after they were found by the ACA to have accepted bribes when inspecting vehicles for road worthiness.
"We have also referred the 11 vehicles involved in this case to the Road Transport Department for them to call the owners and conduct a fresh inspection."
Ahmad Said said the number of Puspakom officers involved in the investigation was very small compared with the total staff, numbering 1,000.
"If you look at it as a percentage, it is only 2.3 per cent. And you must remember that the investigations were done together with Puspakom under a joint operation called Ops Compact, " he said, adding that 21 runners were also being investigated.
He said the staff and runners involved may be charged soon once investigations are completed.
On the amount of money collected by each runner and staff, Ahmad Said said: "We know that a lot of money was involved but this is still under investigation."
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