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ICU Director Of PM’s Dept In Penang Charged With Corruption

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GEORGE TOWN – A director at the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Department in Penang pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to two counts of using his office for gratification, involving RM50,818.50, three years ago.

On the first count, Mohd Nor Rejab, 54, who was then Management Service sector head at the Penang Education Department, was charged with verifying a payment voucher dated Oct 17, 2013 for the supply of lab coats to schools in Penang, worth RM26,162.50, to Nur Ehsan Maju Enterprise, a company in which he had interests.

The offence, under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, was allegedly committed at the Penang Education Department office in the middle of 2013.

He faces an imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine of not less than five times the value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

The second charge was for allegedly obtaining RM24,656 in the form of a cheque from an individual with connection to his official function at the Penang Road branch of Maybank here on Oct 24, 2013.

The charge, under Section 165 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to two years, or fine, or both, if found guilty.

Judge Irwan Suaibon allowed Mohd Nor bail of RM15,000 in one surety and set Aug 30 for mention.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor from MACC, Ahmad Ghazali Muhamad Nadzri, while lawyers A.Ashok and Abdul Fareed Gafoor represented Mohd Nor. – BERNAMA

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