SHAH ALAM: A Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) department head was charged at the Sessions Court here with committing graft for his sibling.
The council's Development Planning Department director Datuk Nizam Sahari, 54, is accused of misusing his position to approve a planning application for the proposed construction of a commercial building in Kajang.
He is accused of allegedly committing the offence to approve the proposed project in favour of his sister Zaiton Sahari for her company Tetuan Permata Cerah Sdn Bhd.
He allegedly committed the offence by tabling the application during an MPKj management meeting on March 14,2016, as well as issuing a C (1) form, giving planning permission to the company.
Nizam claimed trial when the charge was read to him before judge Rozillah Salleh.
If found guilty, Nizam faces a jail term up to a maximum of 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount of the graft or RM10,000, whichever is higher, under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Fadhli Ab Wahab offered bail of RM20,000 with one surety in addition to Nizam having to surrender his passport to the court and report to the nearest MACC office every month.
Rozilah fixed the bail and set the conditions offered by Fadhli as well as fixed the case to be mentioned of Feb 25.
Nizam was represented by Wan Muhd Ariff Ameer Wan Normazlan.
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