KUALA LUMPUR: DBKL project management executive director Datuk Seri Syed Afendy Ali Syed Abid Ali (pic) has pleaded not guilty to 18 charges of corruption and money laundering involving about RM2.9mil and RM1.65mil.
Syed Afendy, 54, was charged in the Sessions Court yesterday under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act for allegedly accepting a bribe for his wife in the form of a shophouse worth RM930,000.
He faces a maximum of 20 years’ jail and a fine of not less than five times the bribe amount if convicted.
Syed Afendy was also charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code with eight counts of obtaining eight condominiums worth RM1.9mil without consideration, which carries up to two years in jail or a fine if he is convicted.
The father of two could also land himself in jail for up to 10 years, or fined up to RM5mil, or both, if convicted of nine charges under the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) for accepting a total of RM1.65mil from illegal activities.
Out of nine AMLA charges, three are for accepting RM1.65mil in six cheques, while the other six involve the sum he paid for three condominiums, a shop lot, commission to one Goh Wai Shim and income tax, also from illegal proceeds.
He is believed to have committed the offences at his former office at DBKL.
Syed Afendy, who was represented by T. Gunaseelan and M. Athimulan, was allowed to speak from the dock by judge Allaudeen Ismail.
“I do not think I will be able to pay for my bail. I have lost my friends since the day I was arrested. There is no one I can ask help from,” he said.
Allaudeen, however, replied that he had to put public interest first because these were serious charges.
“In fact, this is a non-bailable crime but I am allowing the bail based on my discretion,” Allaudeen said.
He set bail at RM1mil with one surety and allowed Syed Affendy to post RM400,000 yesterday and the remaining RM600,000 by next Wednesday.
He also ordered Syed Afendy to surrender his passport and set Oct 13 for mention.
The trial will start on Jan 9.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib and Aida Adhha Abu Bakar appeared for the prosecution.
MACC had first remanded Syed Afendy for a week between Aug 16 and Aug 22 before extending it for another five days.
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