JOHOR BARU: A 42-year-old construction company manager was charged by the lower court with paying a RM 10,000 bribe to a district officer in the public works department a year ago year.
The accused, Asdi Ali, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him before Judge Ahmad Kamal Arifin Ismail on Sunday January 9.
According to the indictment, the accused allegedly bribed a 43-year-old engineer working for the Selangor department to induce him to obtain the road maintenance and security contract at Jalan Batang Kali-Genting Highlands (B66 ) to Hulu. Selangor, Selangor.
The works also include road repairs at Jalan Kuala Kali-Rasa at Hulu Selangor.
The offense under Section 17 (b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 was allegedly committed at a golf club in Persiaran Golf 5, Gelang Patah, Johor in January 2021 .
If convicted, the accused faces a fine of five times the amount of the bribe or RM 10,000, whichever is greater, and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.
The case was continued by MACC prosecutor Mohd Aliff Shaharuzaman, while the accused was represented by Nazrin Sulaiman.
In previous submissions, Mohd Aliff had requested that the bond be set at RM 10,000 and that the accused visit the nearest MACC office each month.
Mohd Aliff also requested that the case be referred to Shah Alam Sessions Court, as the accused also faces another charge for the same offense.
Nazrin, as a mitigation, then asked the court to enforce the RM15,000 bond that was paid by the accused when he was indicted by the Shah Alam Magistrates’ Court in December 2021.
The defense attorney also informed the court that the accused had also been given an additional sentence by the Shah Alam Sessions Court to hand over his international passport and report to the MACC office in Shah Alam each month.
Ahmad Kamal Arifin then set the same bond in Shah Alam to be applied to the prosecution against Johor Baru and the case to be transferred to Shah Alam’s sessional court. The next mention of the case is set for January 26.