Man fined RM40,000 for Immigration officer bribe attempt

Nur Aqidah Azizi

SEREMBAN: A truck parking site supervisor was sentenced to seven days’ jail and fined RM40,000 by the sessions court here today after being found guilty of bribing an Immigration officer last year.

Judge Fathiyah Idris meted out the sentence after the accused, Lim Hong Piew, 51, pleaded guilty to two charges, read by the court interpreter.

On the first count, the accused was charged with offering a RM500 bribe to Negri Sembilan Immigration Department enforcement officer Zamri @ Johari Jaafar Sidek to turn a blind eye to his two illegal foreign workers.

The offence was committed at a truck parking site at Kampung Kebun Bukit Pelandok, Port Dickson, at 2.25pm on May 30 last year.

On the second charge, the accused was charged with offering a RM500 bribe to Zamri as an inducement not to arrest his two foreign employees, at the same location and time.

Lim was charged under Section 17 (b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, and is punishable under Section 24 of the same Act, which carries a jail term of up to 20 years, or a maximum fine of RM10,000, or five times the bribe, if convicted.

MACC prosecuting officer Karmila Mokhtar prosecuted, while the accused was unrepresented.

The court sentenced Lim to prison for seven days and fined RM20,000 for each charge.