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Former Labuan PWD director charged with corruption

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KOTA KINABALU — June 5, 2017: Former Labuan Public Works director Ismail Che Ros was charged here today with two counts of accepting golf packages and cash amounting to RM7,880.90 two years ago.

Ismail, 60, pleaded not guilty before Sessions judge Abu Bakar Manat.   

On the first count, he was alleged to have received valuable things in the form of accommodation and golf packages at Sutera Harbour Resort here worth RM2,880.90 from one Teoh Hon Chun, whose company he knew had connection with his official function .

He was also charged with accepting RM5,000 from Teoh on August 6, 2015.

Ismail was allowed bail of RM10,000 in one surety and ordered to surrender his passport to the court as well as to report at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya every month.

The court also set July 17 for mention.

In Kuala Lumpur, an assistant manager with The Star pleaded not guilty to a charge of receiving bribe of RM20,000 last month.

M. Youganesparan, 54, was charged with receiving the bribe from one Mohd. Emir Mavani Abdullah purportedly to be given to an MACC officer as an inducement to settle a case involving Emir who was allegedly under investigation by the commission.

Youganesparan was alleged to have committed the offence at a cafe here last May 30.

In Putrajaya, the MACC assured that it will act against four men, including three with the title datuk,  for allegedly abusing a cooperative under their charge.

Chief Commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad when commenting on reports related to the abuse of power in a cooperative said “Wait for the MACC to take action shortly.”

Asked if the four would be arrested or remanded in a few days, Dzulkifli , without letting the cat out of the bag, answered: “Insya Allah” (god willing).

It was reported that the men, mainly board members of a cooperative of a government-linked company, had allegedly abused their position to not only introduce their own multi-level marketing (MLM) system in the cooperative but also technically forced members to sign up.

It is reported that those who applied for loans would have their applications approved if they signed up for the MLM. This will cost them RM6,700 and in return, they will get beauty products, supposedly worth that much.

Dzulkifli spoke to reporters after distributing bubur lambuk (porridge) packets at a Ramadan bazaar here. MACC has also distributed the porridge at four other locations here.

He also denied claims that the police officer who was found dead with a gunshot on his forehead at the Pasir Puteh police station was connected to an investigation by the MACC.

“There is no report connected to this,” said Dzulkifli when asked to comment on a claim that the officer was being investigated by the MACC. — Bernama

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