2 senior immigration officers plead not guilty to receiving bribes

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IPOH: A former Perak immigration director and a former Perak prosecution unit chief pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to two charges each of soliciting and receiving bribes two years ago.

Zulhairin Yahya, 45, was charged with trying to obtain, while he was the Perak Immigration Department director, a bribe of RM10,000 monthly from Nga Chee Jiek to ensure that the latter’s entertainment outlet near Seri Manjung was never inspected or raided.

The accused, who is now working in the Public Service Department in Putrajaya, was also charged with receiving a cash bribe of RM4,000 from Nga through the then Perak Immigration Department’s prosecution unit chief Zaidi Dali for the same purpose.

He was charged with demanding the bribe at the Meru Valley Golf & Country Club clubhouse here on Nov 5, 2015 and receiving the bribe at the same place on Nov 12, 2015.

Meanwhile, Zaidi, 49, was charged with trying to solicit a bribe of RM10,000 monthly from Nga on Nov 5, 2015, also to ensure that the same entertainment outlet was neither inspected nor raided.

Zaidi, who is now working as an assistant superintendent in the Perak Immigration Department, was also charged with obtaining a cash bribe of RM7,000 from Nga for himself and the Perak Immigration Department director to ensure the same premises were not inspected or raided.

He was charged with receiving the bribe at the Meru Valley Golf & Country Club car park here on Nov 11, 2015.

Both the accused were charged under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC) 2009, which allows for a maximum 20 years’ jail and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin appeared for the prosecution. Zaidi was represented by counsel Zamri Idrus and Fadly Hashim while Zulhairin was represented by counsel Ahmad Zaidi Zainal.

Nurul Wahida urged the court to fix bail at RM40,000 in one surety for each charge and both the accused had to surrender their passports to the courts.

Sessions Court judge Indra Nehru then allowed both the accused a bail of RM15,000 in one surety each for every charge and ordered them to report to the closest MACC office every month.

The court fixed May 5 for re-mention of the cases.