IPOH: Two friends were fined by the Sessions Court here after they pleaded guilty to bribing an Immigration Department officer over the employment of illegal foreign workers.
Judge S. Indera Nehru ordered Choo Chee Seng, 48, and Fabian Dang Wen Min, 51, to pay RM40,000 each, in default six months’ jail.
According to the charge sheet, both men had offered RM5,000 to officer 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 coffeeshop in Menglembu on Oct 13,2017.
In August last year, both Choo and Dang claimed trial to the offence when they were charged under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.
However, they decided to plead guilty yesterday to an alternative charge under Section 214 of the Penal Code.
Shahidah Muslimah Roslan represented Dang while Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman acted for Choo.
Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin prosecuted the case.
In asking for a lighter sentence, Shahidah said her client, a businessman, was the sole breadwinner in the family.
She added 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 as a middle person to settle the case by offering money.
The officer had told both the accused that taking and offering bribes were an offence, but both of them still continued to seek help to settle the matter.
Then on Oct 13,2017, at about 12.45pm, Dang met the officer, again asking him to resolve the matter.
The officer, knowing that both the accused were serious in offering bribes, decided to meet them at a restaurant in Meru Raya.
However, before going to the restaurant, the officer informed MACC about the deal.
On the same day at about 4pm, Dang handed over the RM5,000 to Abdul Majid and subsequently both the accused were arrested by MACC, the court heard.
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