PWD technician claims trial to four bribery charges

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SEREMBAN, Dec 16 — A Public Works Department (PWD) technician pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to four charges of accepting bribes amounting to RM5,000 for the construction of a badminton hall at a school in Rantau, near here, seven years ago.

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The accused, Abdul Halim Abdullah, 44, who was not represented by a lawyer made the plea before Judge Madihah Hairullah.

Based on the first three charges, the accused allegedly received the bribe from the owner of a construction company through three transactions of RM1,000 respectively into his bank account on Feb 8, March 1 and March 27, 2013.

For the fourth charge, the accused allegedly received RM2,000 from the same individual on May 7, 2013.

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It was in return for the construction work of the school’s hall where he had an interest in monitoring the work and to provide a summary of monthly interim claims to the company.

The accused allegedly committed all the offences at a bank in Jelebu and was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of two years or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

The prosecution was conducted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecuting officer, Zainab Yahaya.

The court set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and fixed Jan 21 next year for mention. – BERNAMA

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