Immigration officer gets jail, RM40,000 fine over RM2,100 bribe

SEREMBAN: A 34-year-old Immigration officer was fined RM40,000 and jailed 30 days after he pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court here to two charges of accepting RM2,100 in bribes.

Judge Madihah Harullah also ordered Mohd Shah Ezywan Abd. Rahman to serve 30 days in jail for each offence, with the terms to run concurrently.

She also ordered the forfeiture of several vehicles, jewellery, designer items and cash in several bank accounts totalling about RM1.2mil.

On Jan 26, the accused had claimed trial to eight charges under Section 165 of the Penal Code for accepting bribes totalling RM885,950 and four more under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Act 2001.

However, when the case came up for re-mention on Friday (Feb 26), Mohd Shah Ezywan pleaded guilty to two charges under Section 165 of the Penal Code which provides a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both upon conviction.

The other charges, including all four for money laundering, were dropped by the prosecution.

For the first offence, he was charged with accepting RM1,200 from one Ong Bok Hay at a bank in Nilai on July 7,2019, although he knew that the latter had interest in his official work as an Immigration officer.

For the second, he was accused of accepting RM900 from the same person between March 22 and May 19,2020.

The accused was represented by Datuk Salehuddin Saidin.

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