SHAH ALAM: A former Guthrie Furniture Sdn Bhd general manager was charged with 19 counts of corruption over a government contract to supply furniture.
The accused, Mohd Zaki Fadzil Maon, 44, from Wangsa Maju claimed trial before Sessions Court Judge Suraya Othman yesterday to the charges involving about RM30,000 between April 1999 and December 2000.
Earlier, Guthrie Furniture Sdn Bhd contract manager Sheikh Muhammad Sheikh Musa, 40, was charged with three counts of corruption involving RM6,000 from April to November 1999, also over a government contract to supply furniture.
In Mohd Zaki's case, nearly two-thirds of the money he received was allegedly used to pay rent for a condominium unit occupied by a woman.
The 19 charges against him were separated into two groups to be heard on different dates.
The first group covered three counts of corruption and detailed monetary gains Mohd Zaki allegedly received from a company called Perabot Matang Sdn Bhd between April 1999 and August 2000.
Mohd Zaki, Guthrie Furniture's general manager at that time, allegedly received a bribe worth RM814 - being the difference between an economy class and a business class ticket for a return flight from Kuala Lumpur to Narita – from Syed Ahmad Syed Salleh, Perabot Matang's managing director, on Aug 29, 2000.
The amount was allegedly an inducement to ensure Mohd Zaki did not put aside or reduce the company’s contract to supply furniture to the vendor under the Government’s umbrella concept.
He also allegedly received a cheque worth RM5,000 from Syed Ahmad on Nov 6, 1999, at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the same purpose.
Mohd Zaki was also charged with accepting from Syed Ahmad a MAS return economy ticket from Kuala Lumpur to London for one Faridah Wazir on April 1999 at Tourlink Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd.
The second group contained the remaining 16 charges of corruption where Mohd Zaki allegedly received RM17,600 in cheques between August 1999 and December 2000.
The cheques, paid in amounts of RM1,100, were allegedly from two companies - Syarikat Hala Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Saluran Harapan Sdn Bhd.
The money was allegedly used to pay rent for a condominium unit in Kelana Jaya occupied by Faridah.
The charge sheet said the cheques were an inducement to Mohd Zaki to award the two companies contracts to supply furniture.
Mohd Zaki was charged under Section 11(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 which is punishable under Section 16 of the same Act.
He faces a minimum of 14 days' jail or RM10,000 fine or a compound five times the amount of the bribe.
Judge Suraya fixed bail at RM12,000 with one surety for all the 19 charges.
Trial for the first case was set for October while the second case will be heard in November.
Earlier, Sheikh Muhammad was charged with receiving three cheques on separate occasions- also from Syed Ahmad Syed Salleh for his support to award Perabot Matang with a government contract to supply furniture under the umbrella concept.
The charge sheet said Sheikh Muhammad had accepted a cheque for RM1,500 on April 14, 1999.
He received another cheque for RM3,500 on April 22 and a third cheque for RM1,000 on Nov 14.
He was charged under the same section as Mohd Zaki.
Judge Suraya fixed bail at RM6,000.
The judge also fixed March 25 for case mention and for Sheikh Muhammad to engage a lawyer.
Both accused posted bail.
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