PUTRAJAYA: The Magistrate's Court here today granted a six day remand order for a man who allegedly served as the middleman to collect bribes from massage parlours and illegal gambling centres operators in Melaka.

The remand order, issued by Magistrate Nadia Othman, takes effect today and expires on May 24.

The 32-year-old suspect is the 11th individual arrested by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to facilitate a probe into a protection racket for gambling dens and massage parlours in Melaka.

Since Wednesday, 10 individuals including two district police chiefs and five police officers of various ranks have been remanded to assist investigation into the case.

They are being investigated under Section 16 (a) (B) and 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009, and Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

The suspect, clad in orange MACC lockup attire and handcuffed, arrived at the court at 9am.

He was seen covering his face with his hands and trying to avoid the pressmen.

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A 32-year-old man, believed to have served as the middleman to collect bribes from massage parlours and illegal gambling centre operators in Melaka. Pix by Mohd Fadli Hamzah