KUALA LUMPUR: A lorry driver is set to celebrate his 45th birthday behind bars today when he was sentenced to a week in prison and fined RM10,000 in default eight months jail for offering a bribe last year.
Judge Madihah Harullah meted out the sentence against How Ah Lai after he pleaded guilty to offering a RM300 bribe to a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer on February 2016.
How was working as a sand-mining company supervisor when he offered the bribe to MACC assistant superintendent Mohd Zaki Johari, to urge the latter not to report that a lorry that was illegally transporting sand, to the authorities.
The offence was allegedly committed between 1pm and 1.30pm at government reserve land in Taman Selatan, Presint 20, Putrajaya on Feb 11.
He was charged under Section 16(a)(B) of the MACC Act 2009 which carries a maximum jail sentence of 20 years, and a fine of not less than five times the bribe amount, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurdihana Rosdi urged for appropriate punishment to be handed down to the accused.
However, How’s lawyer Datuk Rajpal Singh, in pleading for a lenience sentence, said his client was his family’s sole breadwinner.
“His (How) wife is a full-time housewife and they need to support three teenage children. Today is also his birthday.” -NST