6 officers from JPJ, SPAD charged with RM73,600 bribery

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya leaves the Sessions Court in Butterworth today.

BUTTERWORTH: Six officers from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) were charged at the Sessions Court here with receiving RM73,600 in bribes from lorry companies last year to evade enforcement action.

The officers faced between four and 36 charges each for receiving bribes ranging from RM1,750 to RM51,050.

They were charged under Section 16 (a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 with an alternative charge under Section 165 of the Penal Code.

They pleaded not guilty to the 63 charges before judge Nizam Zakaria.

JPJ enforcement officer Ahmad Daniel Magendran Abdullah, 41, was charged with 36 counts of receiving bribes amounting to RM51,050 between March 2015 and August 2018. He was offered bail of RM25,000 with two sureties.

JPJ enforcement officer Hasrol Sani Abu Bakar, 39,  was charged with five counts of receiving bribes amounting to RM9,100 between September 2017 and April 2018. He was offered bail of RM8,000 with one surety.

JPJ enforcement officer Muhammad Airil Teo Abdullah, 31, was charged with 12 counts of receiving bribes amounting to RM6,900 between July 2016 and February 2018. He was offered bail of RM10,000 with one surety.

JPJ enforcement officer Najib Mohamad Tarmizi, 32, was charged with four counts of receiving bribes amounting to RM4,000 between March 2018 and June 2018. He was offered bail of RM10,000 with one surety.

SPAD officer Ahmad Alamin Don, 33, was charged with four counts of receiving bribes amounting to RM1,750. He was offered bail of RM5,000 with one surety.

JPJ enforcement officer Ahmad Tajuddin Husin, 35, was charged with two counts of receiving bribes amounting to RM800 in September 2017. He was offered bail of RM10,000 with one surety.

Mention for the six accused was fixed on Sept 12. Prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Selvaranjini Selvaraja.

MACC said yesterday that it would prosecute another 12 officers from Penang JPJ in the next two days. MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya was present in court along with her deputy Azam Baki.

On May 27, nine Penang JPJ officers were charged with 164 counts of bribery at the same court for receiving RM136,000.

Seventy-five of 139 state JPJ enforcement officers were called in for questioning by MACC earlier this year on suspicion of receiving monthly bribes ranging from RM10,000 to RM32,000 to protect lorry drivers and companies from various offences, especially overloading.