Factory owner gets jail, fined RM10,000 for bribing environment dept staff
Last Update: 05/10/2018
SHAH ALAM, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- A metal smelting factory owner was sentenced to seven days jail and fined RM10,000 by the Sessions Court here today after he pleaded guilty to bribing staff of the Environment Department.
Judge Rozilah Salleh also ordered Lai Peng Siong, 60, to serve another three months jail if he failed to pay the fine.
Lai was charged with giving a bribe of RM1,000 or RM500 each to an officer and an assistant officer of the Sabak Bernam branch of the Environment Department.
It was as an inducement not to take action against his factory for operating near the KL Larut Bestari Jaya alternative pond near here.
He committed the offence at his factory in Jalan Raja Musa, Bestari Jaya near here at 11.40am on Tuesday (Oct 2).
The charge, under Section 7(b) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and fine RM10,000 or five times the value of the bribe, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
MACC deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Suffian Jaafar appeared for the prosecution while Lai was represented by lawyer S. Devan.