Construction company manager calls for bribery allegation to be brought to trial


JOHOR BARU: A construction company manager was tried in a session court here for bribing a district official of the Public Works Department (JKR) in the amount of RM 10,000.

Asdi Ali, 42, has called for trial after the charges were read yesterday in front of Judge Datuk Ahmad Kamal Arifin Ismail.

According to the indictment, the defendant allegedly bribed a 43-year-old engineer in Selangor JKR to get him to be awarded the road and safety maintenance contract on the Jalan Batang Kali-Genting Highlands (B66) in Hulu Selangor.

The work also included road repairs on Jalan Kuala Kali-Rasa in Hulu Selangor.

The crime reportedly occurred in January last year at a golf club at Persiaran Golf 5, Gelang Patah, Johor.

The criminal offense under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) law provides for a fine of five times the bribe or RM 10,000, whichever is greater, and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

The case was followed up by MACC Prosecutor Mohd Aliff Shaharuzaman, while the defendant was represented by Nazrin Sulaiman.

Mohd Aliff asked that the bail be set at 10,000 RM and the defendants should report to the nearest MACC office on a monthly basis.

He also moved the case to be transferred to the Shah Alam Sessions Court, where the defendant will face another charge.

In the meantime, Nazrin asked the court to issue bail of RM 15,000 that had already been placed on the defendant after being indicted in the Shah Alam Sessions Court last month.

The defense attorney also told the court that the defendant had also been instructed by the Shah Alam Sessions Court to hand over his international passport and to report to the MACC office in Shah Alam on a monthly basis.

Ahmad Kamal Arifin then set the same bail that was requested and the case was transferred to the Shah Alam Sessions Court. The case will be brought up again on January 26th.


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