Former RapidPenang COO charged with taking RM70,000 bribe

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GEORGE TOWN: A former chief operating officer (COO) of a Prasarana Malaysia Bhd subsidiary was today charged with taking a bribe in connection with a tender for a RM8.4 million project two years ago.

Former RapidPenang COO Mejar (Rtd) Mohd Shukri Abdul Rahman, 54, is alleged to have received RM70,000 from Jayonik MSC Sdn Bhd, as an inducement to procure a “bus driving simulator project” for Prasarana.

Investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) revealed that he had received the money through a bank account registered to one Nor Jasmin Mustafa.

Mohd Shukri was charged under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009.

He pleaded not guilty before Justice Norsalha Hamzah in the Sessions Court here today.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Ghazali Muhamad Nadzri pressed for bail of RM100,000.

However, defence lawyer, Shukri Mohamad, pleaded for a lower bail, saying his client was receiving haemodialysis treatment.

The lawyer added that his client had also been cooperative throughout the 14-day remand under which he was detained after the MACC arrested him in May this year. The MACC had also arrested Mohd Shukri’s wife in connection with the case, at the time.

He is expected to be charged again on bribery allegations in Kuantan, Pahang next Monday.

Shukri said he will be applying for his client’s case to be transferred to Kuantan after Monday’s charge.

Justice Norsalha allowed bail at RM50,000 and set August 16 for a mention.