GLC managers sought bribes to influence IRB contract

SHAH ALAM, 29 July 2020:

Two former managers of government-linked companies (GLCs) were charged in the sessions court here today on 11 corruption charges worth RM1.4 million for supply and installation contracts for the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) between 2012 and 2016.

Abu Haswandy Abu Bakar, 49, and Badrul Hisham Besri, 48, pleaded not guilty after all the charges were read out by the court interpreter before judge Rozilah Salleh.

According to the charge, Abu Haswandy and Badrul Hisham were charged with jointly soliciting a bribe of RM1 million from a chief executive officer to propose a company to obtain a contract to install and deliver Intelligent Bandwith Management Services (IBMS) for IRB.

The offence was committed at a business centre in Bukit Jelutong, here, between 30 Nov 2012 and 19 Dec 2012.

In the same proceeding, Abu Haswandy, who was a former account manager, also faced six separate charges of receiving a bribe and fee of RM234,347.38 from the same individual for the same purpose.

He allegedly committed the offence at a bank in Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan from 15 Sept 2015 to 23 Sept 2016.

Badrul Hisham, who was also a former general manager, also faced four other charges with bribes worth RM229,347.98 from the same individual for the same purpose.

The deed was carried out at a bank in Section 16, Shah Alam from 16 Nov 2015 to 19 July 2016.

Both of them faced the charges under Section 16 (a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009 and were punishable under Section 24 (1) of the same Act and could be jailed up to 20 years if found guilty and fined not less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000 or whichever is higher.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Azmi Yusuf urged the court to impose a bail of RM50,000 each with a guarantor, to surrender their international passports and must report themselves at the beginning of each month at the MACC headquarters.

Abu Haswandy, who was represented by counsel Reuben Netto, and Badrul Hisham, who was represented by Afifuddin Ahmad Hafifi, applied for a reduction of bail to RM15,000 each.

The court then fixed bail at RM35,000 each with two guarantors. The accused also had to surrender their international passports to the court and report at the nearest MACC office at the beginning of each month.

Judge Rozilah then fixed Aug 28 for case management.

Separately, two directors of a private firm were charged at the sessions court today on nine counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM1.6 million in cash between 2013 and 2014.

Both the accused – Kwan Teck Hian, 45 and Sin Kiong Fatt, 52 – pleaded not guilty and claimed trial after the charges were read before judge Rozilan.

On the first to the fourth counts, Kwan was accused of committing CBT involving RM781,300 in cash between 3 Oct 2013 and 10 March 2014 at a bank in Jalan Raja Haroun, Kajang.

On the fifth to the ninth counts, Sin was accused of committing CBT involving RM860,119.98 in cash between 30 July 2013 and 20 Jan 2014 at a local bank in Jalan Raja Haroun, Kajang.

The charges were framed under Section 409 of the Penal Code and if convicted both the men could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years’ jail and whipping as well as a fine.

MACC’s Azmi prosecuted while Kwan and Sin were represented by lawyer Aiman Abdul Rahman.

Judge Rozilah then set bail of RM50,000 for each of the accused with two sureties and both men have to surrender their passports to the court and to report themselves at the nearest MACC office every month.

The judge set Sept 4 for remention.

– Bernama