BUTTERWORTH: Six enforcement officers – five from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and another from the now-defunct Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) – have been charged at the Special Sessions Court for corruption.
The charges came following months of investigation and the remand of 79 people since April to assist in the probe.
The six enforcement officers, based in Penang, claimed trial to 63 counts of receiving bribes under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 for accepting bribes to not take action against certain lorry drivers who committed offences.
The six – JPJ officers Ahmad Tajuddin Husin, 35, Ahmad Daniel Magendran Abdullah, 41, Najib Mohamad Tarmizi, 32, Hasrol Sani Abu Bakar, 39, Muhammad Airil Teo Abdullah, 31, and SPAD officer Ahmad Alamin Don, 33 – were alleged to have received between RM800 and RM51,050 each on separate occasions at various banks in central Seberang Prai between March 2015 and August 2018.
Ahmad Daniel faced 36 charges of receiving RM51,050 between March 2015 and August 2018, while Hasrol Sani was charged with five counts of receiving a total of RM9,100 between September 2017 and April 2018.
Muhammad Airil was charged with 12 counts of receiving a total of RM6,900 between July 2016 and February 2018.
Najib faced four charges involving a total of RM4,000 between March 2018 and June 2018, while Ahmad Tajuddin faced two charges of accepting a total of RM800 in bribes in September 2017.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Alamin faced four charges involving a total of RM1,750.
All six pleaded not guilty before Judge Nizam Zakaria who granted bail at between RM5,000 and RM25,000 for each accused and ordered their passports to be impounded.
The judge fixed Sept 12 to mention the cases, with all six posting bail.
The six were among 18 officers who will be charged by MACC, with another six to be charged today and the rest tomorrow.
MACC officers have picked up 79 people – 68 JPJ officers and personnel, two former SPAD officers, and nine civilians – since April 16 under Ops Sarat.
MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya was present in court for the proceedings yesterday with MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki.
“We have done our job and leave it to the courts to prosecute,” Latheefa said outside the courtroom.