Witness: Hubby wanted to quit

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  • Tuesday, 25 Oct 2005

KUCHING: A state Department of Environment (DOE) officer who was found dead on Sept 17 last year, wanted to resign from his job as he did not want to take bribes, an inquest was told. 

“My husband wanted to resign because he was unpopular with his colleagues as he refused to take bribes whenever he conducted inspections,” said Rumie Azzan Malie’s wife Suraida Abdul Lazid, 30. 

“Dr Abdul Rahman Awang (then state DOE director) told him that if he quit the Anti-Corruption Agency would investigate how he got the licence (for prawn farming),” Suraida told Coroner Tengku Sharizan Tuan Lah. 

Rumie, 31, was found dead outside Wisma STA, where the DOE has its headquarters, apparently after jumping from the ninth floor. 

The inquest was being held after his family was dissatisfied with the police investigation into the cause of his death. 

On Mar 22, Federal CID director Datuk Fauzi Shaari directed the case to be reopened and to look into any criminal elements in Rumie’s death. 

Suraida said her husband could not have jumped from the ninth floor of Wisma STA as his body did not have injuries consistent with the fall. 

Moreover, his body was found quite far from the building’s wall whereas the window that he was alleged to have jumped from could only be opened 150mm wide, she said. Rumie’s father, Malie Jolhi, 58, said Dr Abdul Rahman had reprimanded Rumie for bringing a confidential file while attending a course in Kuala Lumpur. 

“Dr Abdul Rahman scolded him for bringing the file although it had been passed to him by the deputy director.  

“He also threatened to have Rumie transferred to Bintulu for taking that file with him,” he said. 

The inquest will resume from Jan 25 to 27 to hear the statement of Dr Abdul Rahman.  

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