IPOH: Former Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) CEO Zahrah Abd Wahab Fenner and her son pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today on two charges of abetting and abuse of power amounting to RM250,000 last year.
Zahrah, 60, and her son, Abdulazeez Wan Ruslan, 30, a businessman, pleaded not guilty after their charges were read before judge S. Indra Nehru.
On the first charge, Zahrah is accused of abetting Abdulazeez in receiving a bribe from Samhan Adnan, a company director, amounting to RM200,000 credited into his Maybank account in Menglembu on May 18, 2018.
The money was as gratification to Abdulazeez to ensure Zahrah, in her capacity as CEO and as part of SSM’s investment committee, approved the Internal Memo of the Finance and Accounts Division, Investment and Financial Management Section titled “Preference Shareholder” Preferred Shares to Ace Holdings Berhad Company dated April 19, 2018.
The offence was charged under Subsection 28(1)(c) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 read together with Subsection 16(a)(A) and subsection 24(1) of the same act which provides for a maximum jail term of 20 years and fine not less than five times the amount of bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
On the second charge, Zahrah is accused of abetting Abdulazeez who received a RM50,000 bribe from Samhan, which was credited into his Maybank account on May 25, 2018 at the Menglembu branch.
The money was as payment to Abdulazeez to ensure his mother approved the same document.
Meanwhile, Abdulazeez is accused of receiving bribes amounting to RM200,000 from Samhan via cash deposit into his Maybank account at the Menglembu branch on May 18 2018 to ensure Zahrah approved the memo.
He is also accused of receiving a RM50,000 bribe from Samhan over the memo’s approval.
The money was deposited in cash into a Maybank account belonging to Abdulazeez at the Menglembu branch on May 25, 2018.
Prosecution was conducted by MACC deputy public prosecutor, Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin while both accused were represented by Shahir Abdul Razak, Syaiful Nazrin Mohd Rahim, Mohd Faizal Mohd Aris and Dorina Abdullah.
The judge also allowed the application of Nurul Wahida to transfer the case to the Sessions Court in Jalan Duta so that they could be heard together with 37 other charges for receiving bribes, abuse of power and abetting involving Zahrah and Abdulazeez.