IPOH: Two refugees from Myanmar were fined RM2,500 each by a Sessions Court here for trying to bribe a policeman with RM60.
Both Abdul Manaf Abu Khalaf, 28, and Arif Dilda Amin, 24, helpers at a wholesale market here, pleaded guilty to the charge before Judge S. Indera Nehru.
“Considering the guilty plea, the facts of the case, as well as the mitigating factors, a RM2,500 fine each is imposed. If both of you are unable to settle the fine, it is two months' jail in default, ” she said.
Both Abdul Manaf and Arif Dilda were charged with an attempt to bribe one L/Kpl Mohd Fitri Lasim after they were stopped by the policeman for riding a motorcycle without a licence on Jalan Yau Tet Shin at about 10.15am on Dec 25,2018.
The bribe was an inducement for L/Kpl Mohd Fitri not to take action against them.
Both United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) card holders pleaded guilty to an alternative charge under Section 214 of the Penal Code.
Under Section 214, a person found guilty can be jailed not more than 10 years, fined or both.
Both of them were unrepresented while Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin prosecuted for the the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
During mitigation, Abdul Manaf said he earned about RM1,000 a month as a helper at a vegetable stall at the market.
“I have a wife, and a one-year-old child. My wife has just been discharged from hospital, and I promise never to make the same mistake again, ” he said.
Arif Dilda, who was almost on the verge of crying, said he too was married with a seven-month-old baby.
“I only get paid at the market when there is work for me. Due to the MACC case, I had to borrow money, and sometimes did not have enough money to buy milk for my baby, ” he added.
Nurul Wahida said both accused should be sentenced accordingly as a lesson not to offer bribes.
It was stated in the facts of the case that the two rode against the traffic flow upon seeing L/Kpl Mohd Fitri, but were chased and stopped by the policeman.
Upon checking, they were not able to provide a motorcycle licence and the policeman instructed them to push the bike to the Pekan Baru police station for action to be taken.
While pushing the motorcycle, they suddenly stopped and Abdul Manaf tried to hand L/Kpl Mohd Fitri a RM50 note, while Arif Dilda took out RM10 as an inducement not to take action against them.
The policeman warned them not to do so several times, and at last took them to the station before the MACC was informed about the case.