5 more graft charges for ex-Kota Tinggi MP

Former Kota Tinggi MP Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid. (Bernama pic)

SHAH ALAM: Former Kota Tinggi MP Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid appeared in court again today, this time in the Sessions Court to face five charges of receiving kickbacks in the form of maintenance for two vehicles as well as legal fees to purchase land totalling RM12,707.60.

Noor Ehsanuddin, 56, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out by the court interpreter before judge Rozilah Salleh.

He faces four charges of receiving maintenance services for the vehicle with registration number WRD 8251, belonging to his wife, valued at RM640, RM3,400 and RM901, as well as the maintenance of the vehicle numbered WVN 3936 worth RM1,303.

Noor Ehsanuddin was charged with receiving the payments through cheques from printing company Karya Hidayah Sdn Bhd which he knew was related to his official duty.

He also faces another charge of receiving legal fees worth RM6,463.60 to buy a piece of land in Kota Tinggi, Johor, also from Karya Hidayah.

The offences were allegedly committed at an auto service shop in Jalan Ulu Klang, Ampang; a legal firm in Subang Jaya; and a tyre and battery service shop in Jalan Bukit Kemuning, Section 34, Klang between Jan 10, 2014 and Dec 8, 2015.

The accused, who was then a member of the Felda board of directors, was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum jail term of two years, a fine or both upon conviction.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy public prosecutor Hazirah Azeman asked for Noor Ehsanuddin to be released on RM20,000 bail for all charges with one surety, with his passport surrendered to the court.

Lawyer Thrichelvam Rasiah, who represented Noor Ehsanuddin, did not object to the proposed bail but told the court his client’s passport had already been surrendered to the Johor Bahru Sessions Court where he was slapped with two charges of corruption on Feb 10.

He also told the court his client was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court with 14 counts of corruption.

Rozilah allowed Noor Ehsanuddin’s release on bail of RM20,000 with one surety for all the charges and set March 15 for mention.