KUANTAN: A former Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad (PAIP) assistant production manager today claimed trial to 11 charges of receiving bribes amounting to RM273,650 to help a private company secure post-flood repair projects some five years ago.
Jamal Nasir Mamat, 63, claimed trial after the charges were read to him by the court interpreter in front of Sessions Court judge Mohd Ghazali Mohamad Taib.
The father of two was accused of receiving the cash through private company director Tee Meng Lee via online transfers and cheques as an inducement after helping Tee's engineering firm secure projects worth RM3.7 million from PAIP through direct negotiations to carry out repair works after the 2014 floods.
Jamal Nasir was accused of committing the offence at two financial institutions along Jalan Bukit Ubi and Jalan Beserah here between Dec 5, 2015 and June 21, 2017.
He was alleged to have received bribes amounting between RM4,000 and RM90,000 on 11 occasions from Tee.
The charge, under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act provides an imprisonment for up to a maximum of 20 years and fine of not less than five times the amount or value of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)'s deputy public prosecutor Wan Shahruddin Wan Ladin appeared for the prosecution, while the accused was represented by counsel Datuk Syed Azimal Amir Syed Abu Bakar.
Wan Shahruddin proposed bail of RM150,000 with one surety along with additional conditions for the accused to surrender his passport to the court and report to the state MACC's office at the beginning of each month.
However, Syed Azimal suggested a lower amount saying his client, throughout the investigation, had cooperated well with the MACC and was even present at the agency's office on Tuesday.
"My client has heart problems and is currently receiving treatment at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here. I have submitted his medical appointment book for the court's reference.
"When my client was informed that he will be charged today, his family managed to raise RM60,000 and I hope the bail amount will be reduced. We have no objection to the additional conditions and this should allow my client to be given a lower bail," he said.
Ghazali set bail at RM80,000 in one surety and fixed May 4 for mention.