BUTTERWORTH: A businessman was charged Monday (Sept 7) in a Sessions Court here with two counts of bribery amounting to RM 615,000.
Chan Eng Leong, 46, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him before Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid.
In the first charge, Chan was accused of requesting a US$150,000 (RM615,000 at the time of the offence) bribe from one Goh Choon Kim as an inducement for him to supposedly solve Goh Kim Heong's case, who was said to be under investigation from Bukit Aman under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.
He was accused of committing the offence at Van Gohh Eminent Hotel office, Jalan Machang Bubok 2, at about 5pm between March 30 to 31, 2019.
The charges are framed under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, and punishable under Section 24 (1) of the same act.
He faces a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
In the second charge, Chan was accused of receiving RM615,000 from the same person and for the same reason at Global Tobacco Manufactures Sdn Bhd, 1762, Jalan Bukit Teh, Machang Bubok, at about 5pm on April 1, 2019.
For this offence, he was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, punishable under Section 24 (1) of the same act.
Chan was represented by lawyer R.S.N. Rayer.
MACC deputy public prosecutor S. Selvaranjini requested for bail to be set at RM300,000 for the two charges.
Ahmad Azhari fixed bail at RM 250,000 in two sureties for both charges and ordered the accused to surrender his passport to the court.
The accused also has to report himself every month at the nearest MACC headquarters.
Ahmad Azhari set Oct 23 for mention.
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