Ex-Sabah Finance Ministry staff charged with corruption

Justice. Judge hammer on the table

KOTA KINABALU: An auditor and a retired administrative assistant have been charged with corruption amounting to RM780,000 in 2014 and 2015, involving falsification of sales tax statements amongst other things.

The accused, Zulfikar Khomeini Asli, 44, and Mat Salleh @ Awang Sapong Sapong, 67, both pleaded not guilty to the charges read before them at the Special Corruptions Court here yesterday.

They were both working at the state Finance Ministry at the time these alleged offences were committed between July 2014 and November 2015.

Zulkifar is facing 34 charges for asking and accepting bribes in numerous transactions to help a company evade tax and to not conduct spot checks on the company over alleged falsification of sales tax statements.

He is accused of accepting the bribes by asking the said company to transfer the money to his mother and sister’s company accounts.

Salleh was accused of abetting these deals and transactions during the same period of time.

Judge Jason Juga allowed a RM80,000 bail with a RM20,000 deposit and two local sureties respectively for both accused.

He also ordered both of them to report to the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission office once every two months.

They were instructed to hand over their passports to the court until their case is over.

It is learnt that both accused are still trying to come up with the money to post bail.

The Finance Ministry is in the process of getting back under-declared tax from several palm oil companies in the state.

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Visa-free travel programme will boost tourism sector's recovery, says hotel association
RM16.89mil allocation shows youth development still a priority, says Sabah CM
New guidelines for campsite operators to be introduced in 2024, says Nga
Govt to revive town hall session to clarify issues raised in Auditor-General's Report
Two temporary flood relief centres in Johor closed, victims return home
Kemaman by-election: 12 Op Cantas teams deployed at hotspots to ensure smooth polling day, says state police chief
At least 10 govt MPs set to join Opposition, says Bersatu leader
Kemaman by-election: Voter turnout at 18pc as of 10am
Number of flood evacuees rises in Kelantan, drops in Johor
M’sian woman discovers over RM400mil mistakenly deposited in her bank account

Others Also Read