Former PWD boss admits bribe
Published on: Friday, May 25, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: A former director of Public Works Department (PWD) was fined RM3,000 or three months' jail for accepting leisure packages three years ago.Ismail Che Ros, 59, pleaded guilty before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to the charge against him during the case management, Thursday.

Ismail had received accommodation and golf packages valued at RM2,880.90 from Borneo Era Sdn Bhd Project Manager, Teoh Hon Chun, at the Sutera Harbour Resort, here, between Aug 5 and 7, 2015.

The charge stated that Ismail was aware Teoh had involvement with the department's construction of the Kampung Gersik By-pass in Labuan.

The offence under Section 165 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to two years or fine, or both, on conviction.

In mitigation, counsel Zahir Shah who represented Ismail, asked for a light sentence and no custodial sentence to be imposed on Ismail saying that his client had served the government for 37 years with received several excellent awards. According to Zahir, Ismail went on compulsory retirement last year and likely to lose his pension and gratuity payment despite his long serving due to the case.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Rozzana Abdul Hadi from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) urged the court to hand down a deterrent sentence to serve as a lesson not only to Ismail but other government servants and the public at large.

Rozzana added that as an experienced government servant, he should have been aware about the limit as a public servant.

The court heard that Ismail was the chief of the construction project for Jalan Pintas Kg Gersik, Labuan and on July 16, 2014 the PWD headquarters had appointed Borneo Era to carry out the project in which the project manager was Teoh.

Investigation revealed that on Aug 3, 2016 Ismail contacted Teoh and told him about his vacation as well as wanted to play golf.

Teoh then suggested Sutera Harbor Resort as a place for Ismail's vacation and made a reservation using his friend's name as well as paid the accommodation via his credit card.

In another court, a 37-year-old government servant was sentenced to a day's jail and fined RM10,000 or a month's jail for receiving bribe of RM200.

The court handed the sentence to David @ Divi Jasni, 37, who maintained his plea of guilty when his case was brought up for sentencing, Thursday.

David accepted the bribe from Lui Oi Yee as a reward to not issue compound to Loi who committed an offence under the Kota Kinabalu Municipal Council (Food and Eating Premises) By-Laws 1966.

The charge stated that David as an assistant environmental health officer with City Hall, took the bribe at 11.20am on July 29, 2017 behind the Kopi Melanian 3 in Jalan Pantai, here.

During mitigation, David who was not represented, asked for a light sentence saying that he has six children and that he is the breadwinner of the family. - Cynthia D Baga


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