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Title: Contractor fined RM12,000 for bribe attempt
Date: 30 March 2012
Source/Author: http://www.nst.com.my/latest/contractor-fined-rm12-000-for-bribe-attempt-1.68443
Category: Malaysia

A contractor was today fined RM12,000 or 12 months' jail in default by the Sessions Court here after he pleaded guilty to trying to offer a bribe of RM42,200 to an enforcement assistant director from the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) headquarters in Putrajaya last month. Tiew Beng Lee, 47, from Pandamaran, Port Klang was charged with trying to offer the bribe to Wan Burhanuddin Jusoh, 53, as inducement to release eight boats carrying mangrove logs belonging to him. The accused was alleged to have committed the offence at Brass Cafe, Crystal Crown Hotel, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Port Klang, at about 3.15pm on Feb 1, this year. Tiew was charged under Section 214 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to five years or a fine, or both. According to the facts of the case, on Jan 30, eight boats were stopped in an operation involving the MMEA, Forestry Department and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the Shahpadu jetty, Port Klang, for bringing in mangrove logs without an approved permit. The boats were seized and held at the Vessel Detention Centre in Teluk Nipah, Pulau Indah, Port Klang with investigation carried out by the Forestry Department under the National Forestry Act 1984. The accused then sought the help of Wan Burhanuddin to release the boats laden with the mangrove logs by offering him RM40,000 and the complainant (Wan Burhanuddin) agreed to meet him at a hotel cafe. Tiew was arrested by MACC officers when he tried to hand over RM42,200 to the MMEA officer. DPP Mahamad Sukri Abu Seman from MACC prosecuted before Judge Mat Ghani Abdullah. - Bernama
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