A former Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) administrative officer was fined RM5,000 after being convicted of bribery at the Ipoh Sessions/Magistrate Court today (September 10).
The accused, Selamat Mulyono Juni, 37, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty when the case was brought to mention today.
The fine was paid on the spot, which was meted out on him by Judge S. Indra Nehru.
He pleaded guilty of soliciting and accepting a bribe of RM1,500 from an individual named Shafrullah Abu Kassim 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 MPOB.
He committed the offence at Restoran Ayam Penyet PB in Parit Buntar, Perak around 6.35pm on October 20 last year.
The charge was also framed under Section 165 of the Penal Code, in which the accused will be subject to imprisonment of up to two years, a fine, or both, if convicted.
The proceedings were conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Maziyah Mansor, while the accused was represented by lawyer Siti Salwani Md Shah.
Earlier this year on March 9, Selamat Mulyono was also charged with soliciting and accepting another bribe of RM6,000 from the same individual over the intention of not taking further actions regarding the same matter.
However, it was taken into consideration (TIC) by the court in accordance with Section 171A of the Criminal Procedure Code.
For further reading, refer to this article by Ipoh Echo.