A former civil servant claimed trial over two charges of soliciting and accepting bribes with the intention of evidence erasure.
Selamat Mulyono Juni pleaded not guilty at the Ipoh Magistrate Court today (March 9).
The defendant was accused of soliciting and accepting a bribe of RM6,000 from an individual named Shafrullah Abu Kasim, over the intention of destroying evidence regarding wrongdoings of a company, Khaffa Vision Enterprise, which was dealing in businesses using an expired Dealer Fruit (DF) license issued by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), where the defendant worked as an officer.
He allegedly committed the offence at his office in Butterworth, Penang around 6pm on October 14, 2020, under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 (Act 694).
According to charge sheets, the defendant was also accused of receiving another bribe of RM1,500 from the same individual, over the intention of not taking further actions regarding the same matter.
He allegedly committed the offence at Restoran Ayam Penyet PB in Parit Buntar, Perak around 6.35pm on October 20, 2020, under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 (Act 694).
If convicted of both offences, the defendant will be subject to punishment under Section 24(1) of the same Act, whereby he’ll be imprisoned up to 20 years and fined at least five times the total of bribe funds or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Deputy public prosecutor, Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin requested for a bail of RM20,000, but was reduced to RM10,000 by Judge S Indra Nehru, after considering that the defendant’s child suffers from a brain tumour, and that the defendant is unemployed.
The case was fixed for re-mention on May 20. The defendant was unrepresented.