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Cheating for contracts: Woman jailed, 2 claim trial
Published on: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
By: Cynthia D Baga
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KOTA KINABALU: A 38-year-old woman who produced fake bank statements to the Sabah Education Department in order to get a contract to supply cooked food worth RM6.8 million to three hostels in Keningau, was jailed nine months and fined RM60,000, Tuesday.

Two others claimed trial to committing a similar offence. 

Siti Sadiah Sundai @ Sarudin pleaded guilty before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to nine charges against her. On the first to sixth count, she was sentenced to a month’s jail and fined RM5,000 or four months’ jail for each count.

On the seventh to ninth count, she was jailed a month and ordered to pay fine of RM10,000 or eight months’ jail for each count. The court ordered Siti Sadiah to serve the jail sentence concurrently from Tuesday. The court also granted her application to pay the fine by instalment from the date of her conviction until she is released from prison. 

The charge stated that on the first to third counts, Siti Sadiah used fake bank statements dated July 31, Aug 31, and Sept 30, 2016 under Syarikat Tunas Wawasan Enterprise to obtain the tender to supply cooked food for SK Tetagas, Nabawan.

On the fourth to sixth count, she used the fake bank statements dated July 1-31, Aug 1-3 and Sept 1-30, all in 2016, also under Syarikat H.A.M Bersaudara to get contract to supply cooked food for SK Longgongon, Nabawan.

On the seventh to ninth count, she used the fake bank statements dated July 1-31, Aug 1-31 and Sept 1-30 (2016) also under Syarikat Tunas Impian to get the contract to supply cooked food for SMK Bingkor.

Siti Sadiah produced all the fake documents at the State Education Department here on Nov. 24, 2016. The offence under Section 471 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 465 of the same Code, which carries a jail term of up to two years or a fine, or both, on conviction.

During mitigation, Siti Sadiah who was represented by counsel P.J Perira, asked for no custodial sentence and a lower fine as she has four children to look after and had a health problem.

Perira informed the court that Siti Sadiah suffered a mild stroke which was tendered to court. He also said she was a first offender and had given full cooperation throughout the investigation.

However, Prosecuting Officer Mohd Faliq Basiruddin from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence due to the seriousness of the offence as well as to give a message to would be offenders.



He added that due to Siti Sadiah’s act, others also eligible to get the tender did not get the opportunity.

Faliq further submitted that the case was after 22 contractors were remanded in connection with submitting false documents to get tenders from the Sabah Education Department.

Meanwhile, a 53-year-old woman charged with three counts of using fake bank statements to get tender for supplying cooked food to a hostel of a secondary school in Keningau, pleaded not guilty.

Jukimi @ Shafiah Makajin @ Mohd Daud pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to all charges against him on Tuesday.

On the first to third counts, Jukimi who was the owner of Syarikat Anugerah Enterprise had used three fake banks statements to supply cooked food for the hostel of SMK Gunsanad.

Jukimi allegedly committed the offence at the State Education Department here on Nov 24, 2016.

The offence under Section 471 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 465 of the same Code, which carries a jail term of up to two years or a fine, or both, on conviction.

The court set April 1 for mention and released Jukimi on RM20,000 bail with RM8,000 deposited in a local surety and to report to the MACC office once in two months as well as her passport, if any, to be impounded by the court.

In the same court, another woman claimed trial three counts of using fake bank statements also for getting the same tender as Jukimi.

Aini Yarmia, on the first to three counts, allegedly used the fake documents to get the tender to supply cooked food for SMK Gunsanad 2’s hostel.

The offence allegedly took place at the same place and time as Jukimi.

Aini’s case would be mentioned also on Apr 1 and the court allowed bail at RM20,000 with RM10,000 deposited in a local surety. The court also imposed the same conditions on Aini as Jukimi.

Prosecuting Officer Mohd Faliq Basiruddin from MACC appeared for the prosecution while counsel Rebecca Taimin represented Jukimi and Aini.

 


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