Brothers jailed, fined for offering bribe to Anti-Drug Agency officer

Avila Geraldine

KOTA KINABALU: An unemployed man was sentenced to two days’ jail and fined RM20,000 by the Sessions Court here, today, for offering bribe to a National Anti-Drug Agency (Nada) officer in April, while his brother jailed for a day and fined RM10,000 for abetment. Tan Kok Chat, 37, was accused of offering the RM1,500 to the government agent at NADA office in Labuan on April 21 between 1pm and 1.15pm. He was charged under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009. The RM1,500 was an inducement for the agent not to take action against him for his drug offences under Section 3 of the Drug Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983. He was also accused of committing similar offence at the same location and on the same day between 1.15pm and 1.30pm. Judge Abu Bakar Manat sentenced Chat to a day in prison and RM10,000 fine for each of the offences, in default of eight months’ jail. Meanwhile, his brother Tan Kok Huat, 45, was sentenced to a day’s jail and RM10,000 fine, in default of four months jail for abetment. He was charged under Section 28 (1) (b) of the MACC Act. He was accused of giving RM1,500 to Chat so he could use it to bribe a government agent at the NADA office in Labuan on April 21 between 1.15pm and 1.30pm. Prosecuting officer Schwarts Nasutiom (correct) conducted prosecution while lawyer P.J. Pereira represented both the accused. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd