Sabah Town and Regional Planning Dept asst chief among two charged with RM82,500 graft

KOTA KINABALU: Two civil servants including the assistant chief for the state Town and Regional Planning Department have been charged with four counts of corruption totalling RM82,500 allegedly committed in 2019.

The first accused, Athanasius John Malis, 58, is charged with soliciting and receiving a total of RM60,000 from one Muhammad Hasri Lim Abdullah to change a native land title from countryside to residential zone without City Hall’s approval.

In his first charge, the department planner is accused of asking for a RM15,000 deposit from a RM60,000 bribe from Muhammad Hasri at about 9.50am on Sept 5,2019.

In his second charge, he is accused to have received RM15,000 from Muhammad Hasri for the purpose mentioned above at about 8.30am on Sept 12,2019.

His third alleged offence is receiving RM45,000 at about 11.25am on Sept 20,2019, for the same purpose.

The assistant chief, Shahrum Radzlee Mohd Samlih, 38, is accused of accepting RM22,500 from Malis between 3.15pm and 3.45pm on Nov 20,2019, to sign a form that approved the changing of the land title from countryside to residential zone without City Hall’s consent.

He was supposed to get approval from the Town and Regional Planning Department's Central Board and City Hall before he could sign or approve of the zonal change.

Both Malis and Shahrum Radzlee pleaded not guilty to the charges read to them before the special Corruption Court judge Abu Bakar Manat on Tuesday (April 20).

Malis was allowed RM20,000 bail while Shahrum Radzlee with RM15,000 bail and each with one local surety.

Both were also ordered to surrender their passports to the court and report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's office here once in two months as well as

not to tamper with any witnesses before and during trial.

The accused are required to be present in court for their case management on May 24 (for Malis) and May 27 (for Shahrum Radzlee).

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