Malaysian Public Works director fined $389,000 for graft

JOHOR BARU- A Public Works Department director was fined RM1.15mil (S$447,373) and sentenced to a year's jail for corruption.

Putrajaya JKR maintenance division director Datuk Abd Rahim Ahmad, 58, was found guilty of abusing his position as the maintenance facility project director of the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and the Johor Baru Sentral building in Bukit Chagar.

He had used his position to direct Advanced Maintenance Precision Management Sdn Bhd operations director Saipolyazan M. Yusop to appoint YBA Technology Sdn Bhd, a company that belongs to his brother, for a subcontract related to managing the facilities at the buildings.

The details of the subcontracts included testing and commissioning of air systems and chilled water systems worth RM196,000 and to supply, install, test and commission the valves for the hot and chilled water systems worth RM34,800 in the buildings.

The offence took place at Level Four of Bangunan Sultan Iskandar on Jan 5, 2011.

Sessions judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin ordered that an additional jail term of six months be imposed on Abd Rahim if he failed to settle the fine.

Abd Rahim's lawyer Stanislaus Vethanayagam pleaded with the court for a stay of execution as his client was planning to appeal the decision.

MACC prosecuting officer Abdul Ghafar Ab Latif, however, objected to this as under the Criminal Procedure Code, the stay could only be applied to the jail term.

The fine, he said, should be paid upon sentencing.

Muhammad Jamil allowed Abd Rahim 30 days to settle the fine.