KUANTAN: A chrysanthemum farmer thought he could pay off the National Security Council (NSC) to turn a blind eye to his illegal 0.8 hectare smallholding in Cameron Highlands.
On April 10, 2015, at 9.15am at a tea shop at a hotel at the highlands, farmer Chin Peng placed RM2,000 in cash as bribe onto a table where NSC officer Sanifah Yusof was seated.
However, she immediately reported him to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), leading to his arrested.
At the Sessions Court today Chin pleaded guilty to corruption before judge Datuk Habibah Mohamed Yusof and was sentenced to a day's jail and RM10,000 fine. She also ordered him to serve four months' jail if he failed to settle the fine.
Chin's illegal smallholding was located at Ringlet Forest Reserve.
During mitigation for a lenient sentence, Chin's lawyer Simon Evanson pleaded for a low fine be imposed.
Evanson claimed that Chin resorted to bribery because his three applications for Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) for his smallholding - made in 1997, 2003 and 2012 - received no answer from the authorities.
He also said that Chin, who was married and had four children aged between 12 and 21, regretted his action.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry urged for a deterrent sentence due to the prevalence of similar corruption cases involving smallholdings at Cameron Highlands.
Meanwhile at the same Courts Complex, magistrate Tengku Eliana Tuan Kamaruzaman ordered three policemen be remanded for seven days from today to facilitate a graft probe.
Fadhly said that the three policemen - a lance corporal and two constables based at the Kuantan police headquarters - were suspected of receiving RM3,000 in bribes not to take action in a drug offence case.
He confirmed that the trio - arrested at their workplace yesterday - were in their 30s.
MACC state enforcement officer Reni Fezri Mohamad prosecuted during the remand hearing.