Advertising boss claims trial to 12 charges related to Tourism Malaysia scandal

Company director Ibrahim Omar at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur where he was charged with 12 counts of using fake documents in relation to a Tourism Malaysia bribery scandal.

KUALA LUMPUR: The director of an advertising agency pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to 12 charges of using false documents related to a RM90 million Tourism Malaysia bribery scandal.

Ibrahim Omar was accused of committing 10 of the offences under Section 471 of the Penal Code and the remaining two under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.

Seven of the offences were allegedly committed between June and September 2019 and five in June this year.

The judge set bail at RM250,000 to be paid by a bailor with a permanent address in Peninsular Malaysia and ordered the confiscation of Ibrahim’s passport.

Ibrahim, who is from Sabah, was also told to report to the MACC headquarters here every month until the end of his trial.

The deputy public prosecutor initially asked for bail of RM500,000 given the nature of his alleged offences.

However, Ibrahim’s lawyer said the other conditions for his release would ensure his presence throughout the trial.

He also noted that Ibrahim’s bank accounts had been frozen.

It was previously reported that MACC had arrested three directors of a company believed to have paid bribes to secure a promotional contract from Tourism Malaysia, despite the company failing to fulfil the necessary technical and financial conditions.