IPOH: A former civil servant has claimed trial at a Sessions Court here for soliciting and receiving a bribe amounting to RM1,500.
Selamat Mulyono Juni, 37, a former administration officer at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) in Penang, pleaded not guilty to the charges before judge S. Indra Nehru.
According to the first charge in the charge sheet, Selamat had asked one Shafrullah Abu Kasim for RM6,000 to dispose of a photograph, which was evidence in connection with a company selling palm oil, which licence from MPOB had expired.
He allegedly committed the offence in his capacity as an MPOB officer at about 6pm on Oct 14, last year.
For the second charge, Selamat had allegedly accepted a bribe of RM1,500 from the same person for the same purpose at a restaurant in Parit Buntar at about 6.35pm on Oct 20.
For the first charge, he was charged under Section 16(a)(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, and charged for the second offence under Section 17(a) of the same Act.
MACC's Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin requested that the court impose a RM20,000 bail.
However, Selamat, who was unrepresented, requested for lower bail during mitigation.
"I am no longer working, have a six-month-old baby who has a brain tumour and my wife earns RM1,500 monthly working as a clerk," he said.
Indra then set bail at RM5,000 for both charges with one surety.
She fixed May 20 for the next mention date.