Penang senior federal counsel pleads guilty for accepting bribes


BUTTERWORTH: A senior federal counsel in the state prosecution office has pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court here to three charges of bribery involving RM700,000.

Lim Cheah Yit, 43, was accused to have committed the offence between March and June last year.

Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid fined him RM50,000 for the first charge, RM40,000 for the second charge and RM40,000 for the third charge.

He also sentenced Lim to one day’s jail for each charge, which was to run concurrently.

Lim paid the fines and was taken to Jawi Prison to serve the sentence.

According to the charge sheet, Lim is alleged to have solicited RM500,000 from Goh Kim Heong at a karaoke centre in Gurney Paragon Mall at 7pm on March 8 as an inducement to influence the state prosecution director to charge one Chan Eng Leong in court for an alleged cheating case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

For the second charge, Lim is alleged to have accepted a RM100,000 as bribe from Goh as payment to influence the state prosecution director to charge Chan in court for an alleged cheating case at a the Alor Setar Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Kota Setar, Kedah at around 12.43pm on May 18 last year.

For the third charge, Lim is alleged to have accepted a RM100,000 as bribe from Goh as payment to influence the state prosecution director to charge Chan in court for an alleged cheating case at a hotel in Jalan Bukit Gambir at 12.19pm on June 1, 2020.

The charges were read under Section 165 of the Penal Code for obtaining money without consideration in any proceedings as a public servant.

Each charge carries a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both, on conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Mukhzany Fariz Mohd Mokhtar represented MACC, while Lim was represented by S. Devanandan.

It was reported on June 2 last year that the Kedah MACC nabbed three Penang legal officers on suspicion of soliciting RM500,000 in bribes from the public.

The first suspect, then aged 42, was detained at a hotel in Penang, while the other two suspects, aged 29 and 52, were detained at the Kedah MACC office.

Kedah MACC director Datuk Shaharom Nizam Abd Manap said initial investigations found that the suspects sought bribes amounting to RM500,000, and had already received RM100,000 from a person in connection with a commercial case to be brought to court.

He said the MACC inspected the homes and offices of all the suspects and found and confiscated a sum of money.

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