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LABUAN – Two-hundred and forty seven Labuan policemen, including high-ranking officers, joined in taking the Corruption Free Pledge (IBR) in an effort to remain free of corruption.

The pledge initiated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) also involved 46 civil servants from various agencies, bringing the total to 293 people.

The pledge-taking led by Labuan police chief ACP Adzhar Othman was also an effort to unite Labuan policemen in combating corruption.

“We have always heeded the call of the national police chief to remain free of corruption, in fact this pledge-taking carried out simultaneously across the country two days ago is good.

“The Labuan police contingent will continue to maintain the good name of the police force,” he told Bernama today.

Adzhar said several measures have been set up by the Department of Integrity and Standard Compliance to ensure corruption can be controlled among the police personnel.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday that the police force had set the zero-corruption target for its personnel and various efforts would be taken to achieve the objective.

He acknowledged that corruption existed among members of the force, but efforts to prevent it should start from the sincerity of the police personnel themselves to reject corruption, – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Penang state government should not dilly-dally or blame anyone else for their reluctance to sign the anti-corruption pledge.

Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)  Datuk Dzulkfli Ahmad said the pledge is taken on a voluntary basis and the MACC had never sent a letter to anyone to sign it.

He added that all the other states took the pledge on a voluntary basis and he did not see what was so special about Penang that it had to be invited.

“It is up to the Penang government if it wants to take the pledge or not, I am ok with it, they do not have to dilly-dally over it,” he said in a press conference at the oath signing ceremony by the Royal Malaysia Police held at the Police Training Centre here today.

He was commenting on claims by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng that he had not been invited by the MACC to take the pledge.

Dzulkifli said the pledge was about integrity and leadership in the desire to be free of corruption and abuse of power.

“Any state which wants to take the pledge can contact the MACC to hold the programme, like the police force held today,” he said.

He added the initiative to sign the pledge showed the commitment and seriousness of a state or organisation in being free of corruption and abuse of power.

“The MACC does not want to force because it is not good and does not show their seriousness, so it must be done voluntarily,” he said.

If it was forced, the public would not be confident of the government body’s will to fight corruption and abuse of power.

Commenting on the investigations into the Felda Investment Coorperation (FIC) on the purchase of a hotel in London, Dzulkifli said the MACC was still investigating the matter.

“Last Friday, the MACC detained two individuals for suspicion of manipulating the price of the hotel and there will be several more arrests in the near future,” he said.

He added the two who were detained were the 45-year-old director of an asset management consultancy company and the 36-year-old head of the property unit of a postal services company

In a recent statement, the MACC said several people would be summoned to help in the investigations into FIC’s purchase of the four-star RM330-million hotel in Kensington in 2014 after the MACC obtained new information about the case.

Initial investigations found that the FIC, being the investment arm of the Federal Land Development Authority set up in 2013, had allegedly bought the hotel at a much-higher price than the original, causing the FIC to lose millions of ringgit. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – Penang Tithe Management Centre (ZPP) chief executive officer Datuk Azman Abdul Samat was brought to court again today to face another corruption charge.

However, he pleaded not guilty to the charge before Sessions Court judge Norsalha Hamzah.

Azman, 50, who is also ZPP general manager, was charged with accepting a Cerutti watch, worth RM1,280, from the proprietor of Safa Murni Enterprise, whom he knew was concerned with his official functions, at the Tithe Training Centre (Pulaza) near here last February.

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

Norsalha set bail at RM4,000 in one surety and fixed Aug 22 for mention.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecution from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Ahmad Ghazali Muhammad Nadzri, while lawyer Mohamed Reza Rahim represented Azman,

Last Wednesday, Azman and a senior ZPP officer pleaded not guilty in the Butterworth Sessions Court separate charges of corruption, allegedly committed between 2010 and 2015.

Three charges were made against Azman. – BERNAMA

KLANG – The Selangor government hasits own approach of addressing corruption by making it compulsory for all state executive council (exco) members to pledge that they do not have any interests in any papers tabled at the council meeting, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said it was a proactive measure by the state government to address corruption and power abuse among the exco members, as well as board of directors of state government subsidiaries and civil servants.

“Before the weekly state exco meeting, which is held every Wednesday, all exco members are required to sign a pledge which states that they have no interests in any papers tabled (at the meeting).

“Likewise at the state government subsidiaries, such as PKNS, where before a meeting is held, all the board members are required to sign a similar pledge,” when met by reporters after opening the Save Water Programme at Pangsapuri Pelangi Court, Jalan Pekan Baru here.

He said this in response to a statement by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner  Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad that three state governments, namely Penang, Selangor and Kelantan had yet to give their commitment to sign the Corruption Free Pledge  (IBR).

Mohamed Azmin said the Selangor government supported efforts by MACC to combat corruption.

In another development, Mohamed Azmin, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)  vice-president, refuted an allegation that no DAP leaders was named in the line-up of Pakatan Harapan leadership.

He said DAP was given an important post, with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as deputy president, alongside Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Mohamad Sabu of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
Last Friday, Pakatan Harapan announced its new leadership line-up with PPBM chairman  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its chairman, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the de facto leader and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as president.

Meanwhile, on today’s programme, Mohamed Azmin said the per capita usage of treated water in Selangor was among the highest in the region at 250 litre per day and expressed the need for the people to use water prudently.

He said only 30 per cent of treated water is used for cooking and drinking, while the remaining is used to wash vehicles and clothing and water plants.

In Singapore, the the rate is only 150 litre a day, while in Thailand it is 90 litre per day, he said.

The recommended rate on per capita use of treated water by the World Health organisation (WHO) is 165 litre per day.

On water reserve margin in Selangor, he said, it was at 4.34 per cent end of last year, but dropped to 3.54 per cent this year due to increase in water demand. – BERNAMA

SUNGAI PETANI – Two police corporals were ordered to be in remand for four days beginning today for alleged corruption, involving RM10,000.

The remand order against the two policemen, aged 34 and 37 years, was issued by Magistrate Adibah Husna Zainal Abidin to facilitate investigation under under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

MACC, in a statement, said the two policemen, both stationed at the Kuala Muda District Police Headquarters, were detained at 2 pm yesterday for allegedly soliciting a bribe of RM10,000 from a complainant as an inducement for them to not take action against the latter for alleged illegal money-lending activities (Ah Long) last April 11. – BERNAMA

 

JOHOR BAHRU – An assistant veterinary officer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to four counts of corruption involving RM35,000 between August 2013 and April 2014.

Mohd Razi Basar, 40, who heads the Ruminant Unit of the Johor Veterinary Service Department, made the plea after the charges were read out before Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir.

On the first and second count, Mohd Razi, as the Supply Project Officer at the Johor Veterinary Service Department, was alleged to have received with consideration cheques for RM5,000 and RM10,000 from a contractor by the name of Sarjuni Kariani, whom he knew had connection with his official function.

It was to help Sarjuni to obtain the job of supplying 60 heads of buffaloes, including 10 studs, to the Johor Veterinary Service Department.

The offences were allegedly committed in Kampung Belahan Tompok, Rengit, near Batu Pahat, on Aug 1 and Oct 22, 2013.

On the third charge, Mohd Razi was alleged to have committed a similar offence by receiving a cheque for RM17,000 for himself, which was made under the name of his wife, Suriana Abdul Karim, from Sarjuni, at the same place at about 8.30 pm on Jan 21, 2014.

It was in connection with the supply of mobile plastic water tankers to the Johor Veterinary Service Department.

On the fourth count, he was charged with receiving a cheque for RM3,000 for himself, which was also made under Suriana’s name, at the same place at about 9 pm on April 10, 2014.

The cheque was for him to verify the supply of 340 bags of animal feed and 10 units of cyclone fence to the department and building materials for repair of cow sheds in Batu Pahat.

The charges were made under Section 165 of the Penal Code which provides and imprisonment for up to two years, or fine, or both, if found guilty.

​​Lawyer M.Manian, who represented Mohd Razi, requested the court to impose reasonable bail on his client as he had a wife and three children to support.

Mohd Fauzi then set bail at RM30,000 with two sureties and ordered Mohd Razi to report himself at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Batu Pahat on the first week of the month pending disposal of the case.

Deputy public prosecutor Khazrin Haffiz Khalil prosecuted.

The court set July 26 for mention. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – The Sessions Court here today set July 5 for remention of a RM30.3 million corruption case involving a Johor former exco and a property consultant.

Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir fixed the date after deputy public prosecutor Khazrin Haffiz Khalil requested for more time to prepare the documents.

Ex-exco Datuk Abd Latif Bandi is accused of abetting Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, while the property consultant is accused of accepting bribes for himself and the former, as an inducement to approve the release of a number of Bumiputera-reserved housing lots, for sale to the public.

The two are also accused of receiving bribes as an inducement to reduce the amount of contribution related to certain housing projects, to the Johor State Housing Fund.

They allegedly committed the offences at a bank in Larkin Perdana here between Nov 13, 2013 and October, 2016.

Abd Latif was represented by counsel Datuk Salehuddin Saidin and four other lawyers while Amir, by counsel Asrul Z. Stork and Hazza Khalid.

— BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today detained a senior police officer with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of the Melaka Tengah District Police headquarters to assist in investigations into an abuse of power and corruption case.

The 49-year-old man was the 12th individuals being detained for the case involving the collection of protection money from operators of illegal gambling dens and massage parlours in the state.

He was picked up at his office about 12.30 pm before being taken to the MACC headquarters here.

The man is expected to be remanded tomorrow.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Azam Baki, when contacted, confirmed the latest developments in the case.

Meanwhile, MACC had obtained an order to extend the remand of nine individuals including two district police chiefs in Melaka for another five days beginning today.

Prior to this, all of them had been under remand for six days since last Wednesday.

In addition to the nine, a police corporal and a civilian – the 10th and 11th person arrested in connection with the case – were also being remanded. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has reined in corruption among athletes, sports associations as well as government officers.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said although the issue was not serious, corruption in sports was more prevalent among public agency officers who abused their power when managing sports organisations.

“There is corruption in sports but not at a serious level. Based on existing data and facts, I see the problem of corruption in sports is more on the abuse of power by public agency officers in procurement cases.

“In the past five years, most of the investigations carried out were on the purchase of equipment or supply of services,” he said when speaking in a campaign to combat corruption in sports organised by the Sports Commissioner’s Office (PPS) at the National Sports Institute in Bukit Jalil here today.

He said sports body leaders should know their responsibility to ensure athletes gave excellent performance and not abuse power by taking advantage of weaknesses in their respective sports bodies.

At the ceremony, Azam represented MACC while the Olympic Council of Malaysia honorary secretary Datuk Low Beng Choo signed the Corruption Free Pledge (IBR) witnessed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Khairy in his speech said PPS had taken early preventive measures to ensure misconduct or corruption issues did not occur in any sports association by monitoring the governance of the sports organisation.

“Nonetheless, all our best efforts will not become reality without strong governance among our sports bodies. For excellence in sports, it is important for sports organisation management to be on the right track,” he said. – BERNAMA

MELAKA – A police sergeant at the Narcotic Criminal Investigation of the Alor Gajah District Police headquarters pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to three counts of corruption.

Rasyidah Onn, 26, was alleged to have solicited and received bribes, totalling RM18,500, from one Ahmad Firdaose Ramlan as an inducement for her to not take action against his brother and three others for alleged possession of ketum water.

For the first and second charge, for allegedly receiving RM6,000 and soliciting RM6,500, respectively, she was alleged to have committed the offences through telephone calls at the Melaka Office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at 11.13 am and 2.27 pm, respectively, on March 16 this year.

On the third count, Rasyidah was charged with obtaining RM6,000 from the man at Pizza Hut Delivery, KM 15-1, Ground Floor, Jalan Perniagaan Jelatang 1, Jelatang Business Centre, Alor Gajah near here, at 4.35 pm the same day.

All the charges were made under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act and punishable under Section 24 (1) of the same law.

Judge Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi allowed her bail of RM9,000 in one surety for all charges and set April 27 for mention.

Prosecuting officer from MACC Ong Cheng Hian prosecuted, while lawyer James S. Thanjong Tuan (Rpt:Thanjong Tuan) represented Rasyidah. – BERNAMA