Graft sus­pects brought to six Ses­sions Courts na­tion­wide

New Straits Times - - News - NST TEAM SHAH ALAM

A NA­TION­WIDE blitz against graft was un­der­way at six Ses­sions Courts yes­ter­day.

At a court here, a for­mer mag­is­trate claimed trial to of­fer­ing a RM1,000 bribe to a deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor (DPP) to drop an at­tempted rob­bery case in Fe­bru­ary.

Es­ther Tan Siew Choo, now a lawyer, was al­leged to have of­fered the money to DPP Mah­moodah V.M. Abd Latif as an in­duce­ment for him to drop the case against Mohd Hairi Mohd Jani.

She al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence at the Sun­gai Be­sar mag­is­trate’s court in Jalan Be­sar, Sun­gai Be­sar, Sabak Ber­nam, at 12.30pm on Feb 2.

Judge Rozi­lah Salleh set bail at RM7,000 with one surety pend­ing men­tion on May 26 . Tan was or­dered to sur­ren­der her pass­port.

At the same court, two men — Muham­mad Razif Ma­hadi, 27, and Foo Ah Lee, 69 — claimed trial to of­fer­ing a RM1,000 bribe to the Se­lan­gor Im­mi­gra­tion deputy as­sis­tant di­rec­tor to turn a blind eye to an im­mi­gra­tion of­fence in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

They al­legedly made the of­fer to Oth­man Mon­til as an in­duce­ment not to take ac­tion against eight im­mi­grants who com­mit­ted an of­fence un­der the Im­mi­gra­tion Act 1959.

The court set bail at RM10,000 with one surety for both ac­cused and fixed May 26 for men­tion.

In Pe­tra Jaya, five busi­ness­men were charged with giv­ing a to­tal of RM20,500 in bribes to en­force­ment of­fi­cers last year.

Bak­ery owner Phang Tze Sin, 41, was fined RM10,000 and sen­tenced to a day’s jail when he pleaded guilty.

Judge Nixon Kennedy Kum­bong or­dered Phang to serve an ad­di­tional two months’ jail if he failed to pay the fine.

Phang had of­fered a RM1,500 bribe to Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry en­force­ment of­fi­cer Mohd Aizat Mohd Nooraini at Phang’s fac­tory in Jalan Stakan Me­layu, Kuch­ing, at 12.30pm on Dec 21.

The bribe was an in­duce­ment for Aizat not to take ac­tion against Phang for pos­sess­ing con­trolled items with­out a valid per­mit.

Ac­cused Ling Mee Liong, 61, and Eng Chong Kok, 40, pleaded not guilty to a joint charge of giv­ing RM15,000 bribe to a Sarawak Cus­toms of­fi­cer at a cafe in Kota Padawan near here on Oct 17.

Ting Heng Chuang, 50, and Ngu Ho Woon, 58, claimed trial to sep­a­rate charges of of­fer­ing bribes to­talling RM4,000 to en­force­ment of­fi­cers on Sept 6 and Dec 15, re­spec­tively.

Nixon granted bail be­tween RM7,000 and RM15,000 in two sureties, for Ling, Eng, Ting and Ngu.

He set hear­ing for the cases against Ting, Ling, and Eng to be­gin be­tween July 7 and July 19, while Ngu’s case was set for men­tion on April 25.

In Kuan­tan, two men were jailed a day and fined RM12,000 and RM10,000, re­spec­tively, for brib­ing an en­force­ment of­fi­cer to not take ac­tion against their il­le­gal flower plan­ta­tions in Cameron High­lands.

Woo Kwai Chung, 56, and Sai Jun Hao, 21, pleaded guilty to giv­ing a to­tal RM6,500 bribe to Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil deputy di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions Mar­itime Cap­tain Wan Burhanud­din Ju­soh.

Woo gave RM5,000 bribe so that the au­thor­i­ties would not take ac­tion against his il­le­gal plan­ta­tion in Ulu Merah Rin­glet.

Sai gave RM1,500 bribe so that the au­thor­i­ties would not de­mol­ish an il­le­gal plan­ta­tion run by him and his brother in Tanah Hu­tan Sim­pan Ber­tam Val­ley.

The bribes were given at two ho­tels in Cameron High­lands be­tween April 15 and May 21, 2015.

Judge Datuk Habibah Mo­hamed Yu­sof or­dered Woo and Sai to serve four months’ and two months’ jail each if they fail to pay the fine.

In Serem­ban, a job­less man was fined RM10,000 and jailed six months af­ter plead­ing guilty to of­fer­ing RM101 bribe to a po­lice­man last year.

Mo­hamad Daud Ab­dul­lah, 53, of­fered the money to Con­sta­ble Peh Chee Chong, who was at­tached to the district po­lice vol­un­teer of­fice, to not to take ac­tion against him for be­hav­ing in­de­cently in pub­lic with a woman.

Daud com­mit­ted the of­fence at Jalan S2G2 Gar­den Av­enue here at 11.20pm on June 9 last year.

Judge Fathiyah Idris or­dered the jail term to be­gin yes­ter­day and for Daud to serve an ad­di­tional six months’ jail if he failed to set­tle the fine.

In Ipoh, two job­less men were charged with of­fer­ing RM600 bribe to a Road Trans­port De­part­ment as­sis­tant en­force­ment of­fi­cer three years ago.

V. Ku­mar, 57, and S. Moor­thy, 51, claimed trial to of­fer­ing the kick­back to Azlee Ah­mad as an in­duce­ment not to take ac­tion against them for driv­ing an over­loaded lorry in Jalan Ipoh-Lu­mut at 10.30am on Nov 12, 2014.

Judge S. In­dera Nehru al­lowed RM13,000 bail each and fixed May 18 for men­tion.

In Kuala Lumpur, a bus ticket seller claimed trial to giv­ing RM200 bribe to a Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion of­fi­cial three years ago.

Ah­mad Badrol Hazim Ah­mad Sab­bri, 29, al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence at the bus ter­mi­nal at Pudu Sen­tral here at 11pm on June 6, 2014.

Judge Azura Alwi granted RM5,000 bail in one surety and or­dered Ah­mad to sur­ren­der his pass­port. She fixed June 19 for men­tion.

Es­ther Tan Siew Choo

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