Ex-ministry officer charged with corruption involving RM100k

22-Jan-2021 Intellasia | FreeMalaysiaToday | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A former senior assistant secretary to a ministry was charged at the Sessions Court here today with two counts of receiving RM100,000 in bribes linked to the issuance of tenders for the supply and delivery of bio-fertilisers to a company.

Shahrulzaman Jaafar, 43, claimed trial to both charges. He was formerly with the agriculture and food industries ministry.

He was also charged for three separate offences at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court last week. The first for soliciting RM2 million in bribes and the other two for receiving a total of RM125,000 in cash. The offences were also linked to tenders for the supply and delivery of bio-fertilisers to three separate companies.

Shahrulzaman was charged today with accepting RM70,000 in cash from one Hazrul Hisyam Hassan as inducement for helping the latter secure a tender for KIIK Resources Sdn Bhd totalling RM37,478,572.55 for the supply and delivery of bio-fertilisers under the Production Incentive Scheme.

The offence was allegedly committed at the side of a road near the Serdang Hospital on May 12 last year.

Shahrulzaman was also charged with accepting RM30,000 in cash from Hazrul for the same purpose on September 21, last year. The offence was allegedly committed in front of a convenience store in Puchong on the same date.

The charges were read out before Judge Rihaida Rafie and framed under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which provides for up to 20 years in jail and a fine of not less than five times the amount of gratification sought or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

At the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court last week, Shahrulzaman was charged with accepting RM40,000 in cash from Hazrul, and his lawyer Azizzul Shariman Mat Yusoff said the Shah Alam Sessions Court had set January 27 as next mention pending the prosecution’s decision on whether to move the case to Kuala Lumpur for trial.

The court allowed bail at RM10,000.

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