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SHAH ALAM: Datuk Abdul Rahim Hassan, who is former Tekun Nasional chief executive officer and managing director, today claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to soliciting and receiving graft two years ago.

Abdul Rahim nodded in understanding when the charges were read before judge Asmadi Hussain today.

Abdul Rahim was accused of soliciting RM36,000 to help speed up the claims payment process of a debt collector company, amounting to RM360,009.08 at about 9pm on Jan 13, 2015.

The 62-year-old was also charged with accepting the same amount of money at the Kelab Shah Alam Selangor lobby, at 1A Jalan Aerobic 13/43, Seksyen 13 here on Jan 15, 2015.

He was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 for both charges.

The court has set RM18,000 bail with one surety for both charges and fixed March 13 to 17 for trial.

Deputy public prosecutor Aida Adhha Abu Bakar prosecuted while the accused was represented by lawyer Datuk Hasnal Redzual Merican.

It was reported that the accused was hauled up by the anti-graft body at his residence in Bukit Bandaraya, Shah Alam at 5.15pm yesterday.

The report said the suspect, who held the positions from 2008 to 2014, had appointed a company allegedly to collect bad debts from a borrower who failed to settle the outstanding debts for more than two years.

Datuk Abdul Rahim Hassan (left) who is former Tekun Nasional chief executive officer and managing director, today claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to soliciting and receiving graft two years ago. Pix by Sairien Nafis
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