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Former Sales Manager Claims Trial To Three Counts Of Bribery Involving Almost RM500,000

IPOH, July 17 (Bernama) -- A former sales manager pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court today to three counts of accepting bribes amounting to almost RM500,000 five years ago.

R. Ganiah Vinsan, 48, of Puchong, Selangor, who is a businessman now, claimed trial before Judge Madihah Harullah.

Ganiah, who was the sales manager of UMW Pennzoil Distributors Sdn Bhd, is alleged to have received for Rameses Communication, a company belonging to his brother-in-law, a cheque for RM175,000 from Popular Construction and Engineering Sdn Bhd.

The money was purportedly a reward for having recommended Popular Construction and Engineering Sdn Bhd as the contractor to undertake renovation at the workshop of Dot International Sdn Bhd at No 21 & 23, Jalan DBP 1, Dolomite Business Park, Batu Caves, Selangor, under the Pennzoil Flagship Workshop programme.

Ganiah Vinsan is also alleged to have received a cheque for RM71,638.80 for Rameses Communication from the same construction company.

This money was purportedly a reward for having recommended Popular Construction and Engineering as the contractor to undertake renovation at the workshop of Bonus Concept Sdn Bhd at No 6 & 7, Jalan GJ 2, Taman Gombak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, under the same programme.

On the third charge, he is alleged to have received two cheques, for RM70,990 and RM175,912.10, from the same company for Rameses Communication.

The money was purportedly a reward for having recommended Popular Construction and Engineering as the contractor to undertake renovation at the workshop of Triple Synergy Sdn Bhd at No 1, Jalan Pelabur B 23/B, Section 23, Shah Alam, under the same programme.

Ganiah Vinsan is alleged to have committed the offences in Ipoh between April and September 2009.

He was charged under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act which provides for a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of up to five times the amount of bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Judge Madihah set bail at RM20,000 in one surety and fixed Aug 21 for mention.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Afifah Yusof prosecuted while counsel S. Devanathan appeared for Ganiah Vinsan.

-- BERNAMA





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