Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Headquarters, Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Eight prison officers and a 45-year-old Indonesian woman were detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday after the prison workers allegedly accepted bribes totaling over 120,000 ringgit (US$29,360).

The eight officers, who were not named, were arrested in several locations in Penang, Kedah and Pahang between 9:45am and 10:30am, while the woman, a taxi driver, was placed under arrest at 9:50am in Penang, the Nanyang Siang Pau (Malaysia) reported.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the woman, acting as an intermediary, offered inducements to the prison officers for not taking action against her for smuggling forbidden items into prisons.

A remand order was filed at a George Town magistrates court on Wednesday, facilitating investigations of the alleged corruption case under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

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