Nordin Ahmad, 52, was charged at the Special Corruption Court here yesterday with attempting to deceive one Mohamad Firdaus Idris, into believing he could obtain the project through the Home Ministry secretary-general.
He was alleged to have received RM5,000 cash from Firdaus and RM25,000 in cheque as an advance for the project at PT4159, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah in Lumut at 4pm on Dec 14 last year.
When the charge was read to Nordin in front of judge Madihah Harullah, Nordin pleaded not guilty.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Public Prosecutor Mukhriz Mat Rus asked for bail to be set at RM30,000.
“The high bail amount is warranted as the accused was asked to turn up in court on Sept 4 but he failed to do so, prompting an arrest warrant to be issued against him the next day.”
Mukhriz said the accused would have turned up at court if he had respected the law, noting that the accused was arrested on Monday at his home in Jitra after a three-day stake-out by MACC officers.
“Furthermore, when we wanted to arrest him, he resisted arrest and was found hiding in the ceiling (of one of the rooms in the house.”
In mitigation, Nordin said he was misinformed by MACC’s investigating officer of the case.
“If the court accepts the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s offer, I will not be able to pay as I do not have a permanent job now. I hope the court can give a minimum bail to allow me to go out and make a living to pay a lawyer for the case.”
On his having hidden in the ceiling, Nordin said it was a spontaneous decision.
“My wife told me someone came to arrest me and I decided on the spot to go up the ceiling,” he added.
Madihah fixed bail at RM20,000 with one surety and set Nov 7 for mention. She also ordered Nordin to surrender his passport to the court.