Two Land and Mines Office officials, including a senior ranking official, were today charged at the Kuantan Special Courts for Corruption in Pahang for allegedly accepting gratifications from members of the public as a favour to protect illegal bauxite mining activities.
The accused, Fadly Abd Malek, 35, an Assistant Land Officer, faces two charges while Syed Umar Khalil Syed Khalid, 34, Assistant Director of Enforcement, faces one charge.
Fadly faces the first charge for allegedly accepting RM35,000 from Anurul Hiraq from the sale of Form 13D under Syarikat Aras Kuasa Sdn Bhd in return to avoid any action to be taken on Anurul in engaging in illegal bauxite mining activities.
The offence was allegedly committed on November 18, 2015 between 4pm and 4.30pm in a vehicle located adjacent to Restoran Santai, Kampung Baru Peramu, Kuantan.
On the second charge, Fadly faces charges for allegedly accepting RM30,000 from Anurul Hiraq on January 6, 2016 at approximately 12.30 noon in a vehicle at the compounds of the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport, Kuantan, in return to avoid any action to be taken on Anurul in engaging in illegal bauxite mining activities.
Both charges are under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and, a fine of a minimum of RM10,000 or five times the transacted amount, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Meanwhile, Syed Umar faces charges on abetting with Fadly in accepting the RM30,000 from Anurul Hiraq in return to protect Anurul from engaging in illegal bauxite mining activities. The offence is believed to have been committed on January 6, 2016 approximately at 7.35pm at the compunds of the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport in Kuantan.
The accused faces charges under Section 28 (1)(c), read together with Section 17(a), of the MACC Act 2009, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and, a fine of a minimum of RM10,000 or five times the transacted amount, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Both the accused pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution for the MACC was represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Syafinas Shahbudin.
Judge Habibah Mohamed Yusof granted bail to Syed Umar dan Fadly at RM10,000 each with surety and set hearing for February 5, 2016.
Both the accused were among those arrested and remanded by the MACC on January 6, 2016.
One of the arrested has been extended remand for another five days beginning today.
Todate, the MACC has arrested a total of nine individuals including being remanded between six to 12 days that include officers and staff of the Land and Mine Office as well as civilians.
MALAYSIAN ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION
13 JANUARY 2015