Private secretary of ex-minister charged with RM3.1 million bribery
Bernama -August 19, 2020 2:16 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The senior private secretary of a former minister was charged in the Sessions Court here today with 18 counts of accepting and soliciting RM3,129,015 in bribes from a company owner to secure an advertising tender under the tourism, arts and culture ministry.
Mohd Saifullah Mohd Minggu @ Mohd Hisham, 29, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out to him before judge Azman Ahmad.
His fiancée, Nurfadziana Abdul Kadir, 28, claimed trial to a charge of abetting Saifullah in the offence by accepting a bribe of RM232,000.
The offences were allegedly committed around Kuala Lumpur at the Red Box Karaoke and Coffee Bean outlets at the Pavilion shopping mall, Putra World Trade Centre, Vipod Residences, Maybank Taman Tun Dr Ismail branch, Wisma Genting and at his office at the tourism ministry in Putrajaya, between Jan 19 and July 29, 2019.
Saifullah was charged with 14 counts of accepting for himself cash amounting to RM2,871,500 from the owner of Inter Bev Network, Ronald Seto Kong Seng, through Roslan Lahada and Abdul Halim Khuajah.
This was as an inducement to help Inter Bev Network secure the branding and creative services tender for the Tourism Malaysia advertising campaign as well as the purchase of advertising space service for North and East Asia.
The accused was also alleged to have promised Plan B Digital Sdn Bhd that he would secure the RFP-global advertising agency and promotion for Tourism Malaysia tender.
On another three counts, Saifullah was charged with soliciting from Ronald through Roslan payment of deposit and rental for a unit at Vipod Residences here amounting to RM20,015 and receiving the payment through a Maybank cheque.
He was also charged with receiving a RM5,500 bribe from Ronald through Rosland, for rental payment of the same house, through a fund transfer via Maybank.
Saifullah was also accused of receiving a bribe of RM232,000 from Ronald through his fiancée, Nurfadziana, in connection with the same matter, for which she was charged with abetting.
Ex-minister’s private secretary to face corruption charge tomorrow
By Bernama – August 18, 2020 @ 9:28pm
KUALA LUMPUR: A former cabinet minister’s senior private secretary will be charged with corruption involving almost RM3 million in the Sessions Court here tomorrow.
The case is believed to be related to a company which was awarded an advertisement project under the ministry.
According to the case list at the court, the case involving would be heard before Judge Azura Alwi at 9am.
On Aug 15, the Putrajaya magistrate’s court allowed an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to remand the suspect to assist in investigations under the MACC Act 2009.
The 29-year-old man is in on a five-day remand until tomorrow.
It is learnt that he would be charged with more than 10 counts of accepting bribes last year under Section 16 (a) (B) of the MACC Act 2009. — BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: An assistant to former tourism minister Mohamaddin Ketapi has been remanded for five days with his fiance to facilitate investigations into an alleged corruption case involving RM3.7 million.
Sources said the 29-year-old man, who was Mohamaddin’s then private secretary, and his fiance were arrested yesterday evening after giving statements at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya.
The five-day remand order against them was issued by magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court today.
The couple, whose assistance had been sought since June 10, surrendered themselves to MACC yesterday.
They were sought by authorities over claims on their involvement in corrupt practices related to a company that obtained an advertising project from the tourism ministry.
The sources said the man will be charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Wednesday.
An advertising company director, Ibrahim Omar, was charged in the Sessions Court last month with 10 counts of submitting false claims to obtain the “Global Advertising Agencies and Promotion for Tourism Malaysia” tender.
The tender is worth RM89 million.
Ex-Cabinet minister’s private secretary, fiancée remanded
By Bernama – August 15, 2020 @ 1:35pm
PUTRAJAYA: A former Cabinet minister’s ex-aide and his fiancée are in remand for five days beginning today to facilitate the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into a corruption case involving RM3.7 million.
The remand order against the former senior private secretary and his betrothed, which expires on Aug 19, was issued by magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim at the Magistrate’s Court here, today.
According to a source at the MACC, the duo, both aged 28, was arrested when they surrendered themselves at the MACC headquarters here at 5.44pm, yesterday.
The case is believed to be related to a company which was awarded an advertisement project under the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry. – BERNAMA
Former minister’s private secretary arrested
By Mohd Jamilul Anbia Md Denin – August 15, 2020 @ 9:27am
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested a former senior private secretary.
The 29-year-old who worked for a former tourism minister has been on the run since June 10.
The suspect is wanted by the MACC to assist in an investigation into a corruption case involving RM3.7 million.
“The money is linked to a company that obtained an advertising contract under the ministry.
“The suspect was arrested after surrendering at the MACC’s headquarters in Putrajaya at 5.44pm yesterday,” a source said.
According to the source, the suspect was being investigated under Section 17 of the MACC Act 2009 and will be produced at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s court today for a remand order.
It was previously reported that the owner of the company linked to advertising tender under the Tourism Ministry was charged in court on July 27 on three charges under Section 471 of the Penal Code for falsifying invoices and documents.
Meanwhile deputy chief commissioner (operations) of the MACC Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya when contacted confirmed the arrest.