KUALA LUMPUR: A Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) assistant quantity surveyor has claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to two counts of corruption involving RM5,600 over information leak on a tender four years ago.
Tengku Kamarul Ariffin Raja Jalil, 42, pleaded not guilty after the two charges were read out to him before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob here on Thursday (June 17).
In the first and second charges, the accused was charged in his capacity as an assistant quantity surveyor at MPS, and had allegedly obtained for himself bribes of RM5,000 and RM600 that went into his bank account from an individual.
The money was said to be an inducement for the accused to leak information about a tender to the man.
The offence was allegedly committed at Maybank Kuala Lumpur branch, Menara Maybank, Jalan Tun Perak here, on April 22 and Aug 16, 2017.
The charges were framed under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) 2009, which carries a maximum 20 years' jail and fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, or whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Tengku Kamarul Ariffin also pleaded not guilty to two counts of alternative charge under Section 165 of the Penal Code, where he faces up to two years' jail or a fine, or both, if convicted.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Aliff Shaharuzaman offered bail at RM10,000 for both charges.
The prosecution also asked the court to impose additional conditions on the accused, requiring him to report to the MACC office monthly and surrender his passport to the court.
Lawyer Chris Kooi, who represented the accused, did not object to the prosecution’s offer and agreed to the additional conditions.
Rozina then allowed bail at RM10,000 in one surety for both charges and imposed the conditions.
The case is fixed for mention on July 16.