Former Domestic Trade officer slapped with RM5,000 fine for abetting bribery

EMBUN MAJID


ALOR STAR: A former Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry enforcement staff was sentenced to a day’s jail and fine of RM5,000 after he pleaded guilty to abetting another officer to obtain a bribe from an illegal fuel storage operator in 2014.

Sessions Court judge Zanor Rashid Hussain delivered the sentence after Abdul Ghani Abdul Mutalib from Taman Aman in Anak Bukit pleaded guilty to the offense this morning.

The 58-year-old man admitted to help Muhammad Mat Sa’ad in obtaining RM400 in cash from the storage owner, aged 50, at about 2pm on Oct 4, 2014.

The act was committed at an unnumbered fuel storage facility at Kampung Remia Manis in the Padang Terap district.

He was charged under Section 28(1)(c) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption (MACC) Act 2009 which carries a maximum of two years’ jail sentence or fine or both.

In the same court, Muhammad, 36, claimed trial to the charge of accepting RM400 from the same man on the same date, time and location.

He was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code and could face up two years in jail or fined or both.

Zanor set bail for Muhammad at RM5,000 with one surety and fixed April 27 for mention.

MACC deputy public prosecutor A. Hafiizh Abu Bakar prosecuted while the two men were not represented.