SIBU: A supervisor of a logging camp is to stand trial after he pleaded not guilty at the Corruption Court for corruption.
Judge Nickson Kennedy fixed Jan 13 to 16 for the trial.
The accused, Lee Hock Liang, 63, of Bario Pacific Sdn Bhd had been charged under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24 of the same Act.
According to the charge sheet, at 2.05pm on April 25 at a Log Pond Sungai Antu Pala, Kanowit, about one hour drive from here, the accused gave a gratification of RM10,000 to a senior assistant superintendent of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Sendry Ugi as an inducement so that action would not be taken against him for having in his possession 300 illegal logs.
Lee was caught trying to transfer the logs into a tugboat named “Fook Hua.” The logs were without royalty declaration document from Sarawak Forestry Department, an offence under Section 85 (1) of the Forest Ordinance, Chapter 126 (1958 Edition) Laws of Sarawak.
In doing so he had committed an offence under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 which provides for an imprisonment of not exceeding 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the gratification.
The case is prosecuted by DPP Lau Chin How of MACC.
Separately, the Marine Operation Force had seized 150 illegal logs of various species of tree and sizes during an operation code name “Ops Landai” at 12.30pm on Wednesday at a Bawang Assan, Jalan Sibu-Tanjung Manis.
MOF Region 5 commander Kalai Chelvan Nadarajan said yesterday that the logs worth RM11,250 did not have the official stamp from the Forestry Department from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), an offence under the Sarawak Foresty Ordinance.
The raid was conducted following a tip-off from members of the public.
Meanwhile, MOF urged the public to call 082-334111 or fax 082-34470 should they know of any illegal activity of this nature.