BUTTERWORTH — July 24, 2019: Five Road Transport Department officers and a former Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) staff were charged in the sessions court today with 63 counts of receiving bribes totaling RM73,600 relating to a lorry driver protection racket in Penang.
They also faced 63 alternative charges which stated that they had obtained valuable items linked to their official functions.
The five RTD low-ranking officers are motor vehicle inspectors Ahmad Tajuddin Husin, 35, and Muhammad Airil Teo Abdullah, 31, and enforcement assistants Najib Mohamad Tarmizi, 32, Ahmad Daniel Magendran Abdullah, 41, and Hasrol Sani Abu Bakar, 39.
The former SPAD staff is chief enforcement assistant Ahmad Alamin Don, 33.
Daniel faces 36 charges involving RM51,050; Hasrol Sani five charges involving RM9,100; Airil Teo 12 charges involving RM6,900; Najib four charges involving RM4,000; Alamin four charges involving RM1,750 and Tajuddin charges involving RM800.
All pleaded not guilty.
They were alleged to have corruptly received cash from one Ooi Cheng Keat, a director of two transport companies, as an inducement to not take action against the companies’ lorries.
Judge Nizam Zakaria set bail of between RM5,000 and RM25,000 on each of the accused and ordered them to surrender their passports to the court.
In court to observe the proceedings were MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya, deputy chief commissioner (Operation) Datuk Azam Baki and Penang director Datuk Wan Ramli Wan Abdullah. — Bernama