BUTTERWORTH — July 19, 2017: Two senior officers of the Penang Tithe Management Centre (ZPP) pleaded not guilty in court here today to charges of corruption, allegedly committed between 2010 and 2015.
ZPP chief executive officer Datuk Azman Abdul Samat, 50, faced three charges. The first is for allegedly receiving a watch worth RM700 from an owner of a company who he knew was concerned with his official functions at his house in Permatang Rambai, Permatang Pauh, in 2010.
On the second count, Azman was charged with also accepting a watch, worth RM2,000, from the owner of another company at his office between 2011 and 2015.
Azman was also charged with accepting another watch worth RM750 from an individual who he knew was concerned with his official duties at a food shop in 2015.
Additionally, Mohd. Wardi Ramli, 35, another officer from ZPP, was charged with two counts of using his office for gratification by recommending Al Global Trading, a company which he had interest in, to supply chicken and chicken feed worth RM4,842, to the centre.
The offence was allegedly committed at the ZPP office in November last year. He was also charged with recommending the same company to supply animal feed worth RM6,000 to ZPP.
Sessions judge Sitarun Nisa Abdul Aziz allowed Azman bail of RM1,500 on each count with one surety while bail for Wardi was set at RM5,000 in one surety on each count.
She set August 14 and 21 for mention. — Bernama