Ironically, those who are supposed to combat corruption had took part in the act of corruption itself.
On 21 October, 2 Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers were seen running out from the Sessions Court in Johor Bahru to avoid media personnel, after being charged with corruption.
According to Malaysia Gazette, the 2 accused wore face masks and hoodies and are doing their best to avoid their face being recorded by photographers and in any videos by media representatives.
The incident was reported to have taken place around 12.45 p.m., where one of them had fell down the steps of the courthouse while attempting to escape. They then ran into a silver Honda waiting for them outside the gates.
Meanwhile, the 2 were being charged in the same Sessions Court for cheating an enforcement officer to hand over RM40,000 to “settle” a case in their agency’s investigation.
The accused, Amir Izham Isahak, had pleaded guilty, while the other accused, Wan Kamarul Za’im Mansor, pleaded not guilty.
Both were charged together as government agents, namely the Assistant Superintendent P29 of the Kluang MACC and the P42 Superintendent of the Kluang Branch of MACC and the Johor Bahru MACC, with the intention of cheating by deceiving an individual.
According to the charges, they were being accused of deceiving an individual by forcing him to give them RM40,000 in cash. In return, they agreed to help him “settle” a case that is being investigated by the MACC against the individual.
The act was reported to be committed at a restaurant in Simpang Renggam at about 7.57 p.m. on 14 October.
The duo were being charged under Section 417 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of five years or a fine or both if found guilty.
In the proceedings, the Deputy Public Prosecutor offered bail of RM35,000 to the two accused, with one surety in addition to their international passports being submitted to the court.
However, Wan Kamarul Zaim appealed to the court for the granted bail to be reduced to RM10,000 because he had to support his wife who is pregnant and his 4 children.
The judge then agreed for both their bails to be set at RM7,000 with one surety as well as his international passport to be handed over to the court.
Meanwhile, Amir Izham’s case has been postponed and both of them will have their cases re-mentioned on 24 November.
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