Former MAHB exec charged with cheating businessman over airport stall tender

KOTA KINABALU: A former executive officer of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd has been charged with allegedly cheating a businessman over a five-year period in connection with a stall tender at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Abas Tuah, 59, pleaded not guilty to the five cheating charges against him at the Special Corruption Court here on Tuesday (April 13).

He was accused of receiving a total of RM41,000 from the businessman over the course of five years from 2010 to 2014.

In the first charge, Abas was said to have received RM7,000 in his bank account from the businessman between September and December 2010, after making the latter believe that he could help in getting a stall lot and renewing his rental contract at the airport.

Between January and December 2011, Abas was accused of receiving RM11,500 from the businessman for the same purpose.

He was also accused of receiving RM6,000 in 2012, RM3,000 in 2013, and RM13,500 in 2014 from the same person for the same purposes.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges before judge Abu Bakar Manat, who set bail at RM12,000 with one surety pending case management on May 24.

The court also instructed Abas to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office here once every two months, to surrender his passport to the court, and to not have any contact with the prosecution witnesses until his case is over.

He could be jailed for at least a year and up to 10 years, caned and/or fined upon conviction.

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