BUTTERWORTH — July 25, 2019: Six Road Transport Department enforcement officers, including a woman, were charged today with 40 counts of accepting bribes totalling RM20,050 in connection with the lorry driver protection racket.
They also faced 40 alternative charges.
The five men who are enforcement assistants are Muhammad Rozaidi Azmi, 36; Khairol Azri Abd. Rahman, 32; Mohd. Ependi Hassan, 33; Mohamad Noor Ibrahim, 44, and V. Chandrasegeran, 49; while the woman, Saidatul Hanim Sabudin, 33, is an assistant enforcement officer.
Rozaidi faces 10 charges involving RM7,100; Khairol Azri eight charges involving RM4,350; Mohamad Noor and Ependi six charges each involving RM4,200 and RM850 respectively, Chandrasegeran one charge involving RM1,200 and Saidatul Hanim nine charges involving RM2,350.
All of them pleaded not guilty before judge Nizam Zakaria.
For the main charges, they were alleged to have corruptly received cash from one Ooi Cheng Keat, a director of transport companies Sam Lian Transport & Tyre Sdn. Bhd. and TSR Transport Sdn. Bhd., as an inducement to not take action against lorries belonging to his companies.
The offences were allegedly committed between March 2015 and July 2018.
Nizam set bail of between RM8,000 and RM10,000 in one surety on each of the accused and ordered them to surrender their passports to the court. She fixed September 12 for mention. — Bernama