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RM200 bribe: Govt staff charged
Published on: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: A 37-year-old government servant was charged with receiving bribe of RM200.

David @ Divi Jasni pleaded guilty before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to the charge against him on Tuesday.

However, Abu Bakar deferred David's sentencing to May 25 after allowing David's application to postpone his sentencing.

David is accused of accepting the bribe from one Lui Oi Yee as a reward to not issue compound to Loi who committed an offence under the Kota Kinabalu Municipal Council (Food and Eating Premises) By-Laws 1966.

The charge stated that David, as an assistant environmental health officer at the Environmental Health and Cleanliness of City Hall, allegedly took the bribe at 11.20am on July 29, 2017 behind the Kopi Melanian 3 in Jlan Pantai, here.

The offence under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of bribe received or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Pending the sentencing, David was released on a bail of RM10,000 with RM3,000 deposited in a local surety.

Earlier, David, who was not represented, told the court that he has six children and his wife is currently pregnant with their seventh child.

According to David, he also needed to support his other sibling and parents.

He said he was remorseful and it was his first offence.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Rustam Anip from the MACC urged the court to impose an appropriate sentence to give a warning to David and other would-be offenders.

Rustam said David's act by receiving the bribe had tarnished the image of City Hall.

Meanwhile, David's wife, Liah Moen was fined RM300 or 10 days' jail for wearing a shirt with City Hall's symbol.

Liah admitted to wearing the shirt with the intention that others would believe she was a personnel from City Hall at the same place and time as David.

In meting out the sentence, Abu Bakar said he hoped the incident would be a lesson to Liah and her husband.

He reminded the couple to think about the consequences of their actions as it would not only affect themselves but also their children and other family member. - Cynthia D Baga

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