MELAKA – An official at the Melaka Immigration Department and his wife pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here on four charges of receiving bribes totalling RM5,400 in 2014.
Under the first charge, Marzuan Sungep, 56, and his wife Norizan Hashim, 40, a housewife, were charged with intentionally accepting RM300 in cash from Helmida Mukhlis as a reward for getting a valid working permit from the Malaysian Immigration Department.
They were said to have committed the act at the I Love Printing shop at No 5, Jalan Wangi 2, Taman Wangi, Malim Jaya here at 12.30 pm in Nov 13, 2014.
On the second count, they were also charged with intentionally accepting a RM500 bribe from the same person for the same purpose at a petrol station at PT4553, Jalan Bachang here at 10 am, on Nov 14, 2014.
On the third count, they were charged with intentionally accepting RM2,600 in cash from the same person for the same purpose at Kampung Pasir Putih, Bachang here at 6 pm, on Nov 17, 2014.
On the fourth count, they were charged with intentionally accepting RM2,000 in cash from the same person for the same purpose, at the same place at 10.30 pm on the same day.
They were charged under Section 16(a) (A) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and were liable to imprisonment up to 20 years and fined not less than five times the value of bribes or RM10,000 whichever is higher.
Marzuan, among others, appealed for a lower bail as he was suffering from mental disturbance which was not detectable via modern medical practice and was seeking traditional treatment, apart from not having a fixed income after being absent from duty.
Judge Norma Ismail allowed a RM15,000 bail in two sureties each and fixed June 13 for remention of the case, and appointment of defence counsel. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecution officer Ong Cheng Hian appeared for the prosecution. – BERNAMA