IPOH: Two friends pleaded guilty to bribing an Immigration officer over the employment of illegal foreign workers.
Choo Chee Seng, 48, and Fabian Dang Wen Min, 51, pleaded guilty to an alternative charge under Section 214 of the Penal Code.
Both accused were initially charged in Aug last year under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.
Session Court judge S. Indera Nehru ordered both men to pay a fine of RM40,000 each or in default, six months' jail.
According to the charge sheet, a sum of RM5,000 was offered to Abdul Majid Mohamed as an inducement not to take action against Choo for the hiring of four illegal workers from Bangladesh to work in his coffee shop in Menglembu on Oct 13,2017.
Shahidah Muslimah Roslan represented Dang, while Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman represented Choo.
Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin prosecuted the case.
In mitigation, Shahidah said her client was the sole breadwinner, and that he also needed to take care of his ageing mother.
Mohd Khairul said by pleading guilty, his client had saved the court’s time.
According to the facts of the case, Dang had approached the officer to settle the case by offering money.
The officer had told both accused that offering bribes were an offence, but both accused still persisted in seeking his help to settle the matter.
On Oct 13,2017, at about 12.45pm, Dang met the officer, again asking him to help settle the matter.
The officer, knowing that both accused were serious in offering bribes, decided to meet them at a restaurant in Meru Raya.
But prior to the meeting, the officer had informed the MACC about the deal.
On the same day at about 4pm, Dang handed over RM5,000 to Abdul Majid.
The MACC then arrested both men.
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