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Former ministry secretary-general gets jail, fined RM3 million for aiding son to take bribes

November 15, 2018

Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman and his son Ahmad Zukhairi attend court in Kuala Lumpur November 14, 2018. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — Former secretary-general of Rural and Regional Development Ministry (KKLW) Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman was sentenced to three years’ jail and fined RM3 million by the Sessions Court here today for abetting his son to take SGD$200,000 (RM627,636) in bribes relating to a rural electrification project in Sandakan, Sabah, two years ago.

Judge Azura Alwi who handed down the sentence, also ordered Mohd Arif, 61, to serve three more years in jail if he failed to pay the fine.

Mohd Arif’s son, businessman Ahmad Zukhairi, on the other hand, was sentenced to five years’ jail and fined RM9.6 million in default 10 years jail after the court found him guilty of four counts of soliciting and accepting bribes in 2016.

He was sentenced to five year’s jail and fined RM3 million for the first count; three years’ jail and RM6 million fine for second count; two years’ jail and RM350,000 fine for the third count; and two years’ jail and RM250,000 fine for the fourth count.

The court also ordered the businessman to serve the jail sentences concurrently from today.

In her judgment, Azura said the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

‘In fact, the court found that the defence did not give an honest evidence in regard to the charges. The statement of defence was a mere denial,’ she said.

Mohd Arif was charged with abetting his son to corruptly accept SG$200,000 while he was still the Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general, from Mohd Safian Mohd Salleh, a director of Syarikat Wazlina Sdn Bhd.

He accepted the money as gratification for ministry approval worth RM57,500,000 through direct negotiations (Design and Build) of solar hybrid systems for rural electrification project in four remote islands in Sandakan, Sabah to Syarikat Eramaz (M) Sdn Bhd.

They committed the offence at Royal Lake Club, Jalan Cenderamulia, here from 4pm to 7pm on August 23, 2016.

Ahmad Zukhairi was also charged with soliciting from Mohd Safian 2 per cent of the value of the same project for himself during their meeting at Hotel Grand Dorsett, Subang Jaya, Selangor.

The businessman was also charged with soliciting and accepting RM120,000 from Zul Fadli Rozi, as an inducement for him to help Syarikat HH Global Construction Sdn Bhd secure a project to build a three-storey recreational square at Persiaran Tasik Pengkalan Gawi, Tasik Kenyir, Hulu Terengganu.

Ahmad Zukhairi committed the offences at Permai Golf & Country Club, Danau Permai Resort Bhd, No 1 Jalan 31/100A, Kota Kemuning, Seksyen 31, Shah Alam, Selangor and at Garden Course Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, No 3 Jalan Usahawan U1/8, Shah Alam, Selangor, between August and September 2016.

Azura, however, allowed a stay of execution of the jail sentence and fine for the duo pending appeal.

She also raised the bail for both accused to RM500,000 with one surety each and ordered them to surrender their passports to the court.

Deputy public prosecutor Irwan Shah Abdul Samat prosecuted, while both the accused were represented by counsel Afifuddin Hafifi. — Bernama


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  1. Benjamin Sullivan permalink

    John Brennan will face Execution for High-Treason.

    Russia-Gate; Murder-Gate:

    On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, i am a malaysian wrote:

    > ewoon posted: “* Equanimity in Langkawi? * PAC wraps up GST refunds probe, > Guan Eng last witness called * Dr M: IMF now recognises Malaysia’s > unorthodox approach to Asian financial crisis KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — > Former secretary-general of Rural and Regional Dev” >

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