Senior Sabah Immigration officer charged with graft

KOTA KINABALU - A senior Sabah Immigration Department officer has denied accepting bribes worth more than RM12,300 (S$4,765).

Assistant director Awangku Mohd Shaifful Awang Damit (above), 42, pleaded not guilty when the three charges were read to him in the Special Corruption Court here yesterday.

For the first and alternate charge, Mohd Shaifful is accused of receiving RM2,000 from Kent Ng Thien Ming on Sept 11, 2012 at the Immigration office here as an inducement not to take action against him for employing foreign workers at City Kopitiam.

It is understood that the foreigners had permits to work in other sectors but not for restaurants.

For the second and alternate charge, Mohd Shaifful is alleged to have received RM10,000 from Ng on Oct 16, 2012 at the Immigration office for a similar reason.

For the third and alternate charge, he is accused of receiving an aquarium valued at RM2,371 from Ng.

All three charges were framed under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

Judge Ishak Bakri set bail at RM8,000 and fixed June 16 for case management.

The prosecuting team was led by DPP Joyce Blasius from the MACC, while lawyer Ram Singh represented Mohd Shaifful.

In the same court, a petrol station manager was fined RM15,000 and jailed a day for bribing an enforcement officer after being caught selling an excessive amount of subsidised diesel.

Alexander Chee Nyuk Ping pleaded guilty to a charge of bribing Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs Ministry officer Awang Zaini Awang Shamsuddin.

Chee had handed over RM7,000 to Awang Zaini at about 7.30pm on Feb 25 last year at the petrol station office in Penampang after selling 2,000 litres of subsidised diesel to a truck operator.