Businessman jailed seven days, fined RM10,000 for falsifying bank documents

Daut (centre), shields his face from members of the media as MACC officers escort him to prison.

KUCHING, May 2: A businessman from Limbang today pleaded guilty to charges of falsifying two bank documents, just to get a tender project from the Ministry of Education five years ago.

Daut Mutang, 53, was sentenced to seven days’ jail and a fine of RM10,000 in default two months’ imprisonment. He paid the fine.

On Sept 6, 2013, Daut had purchased a tender form with serial number KBK0238053 for ‘Building Cleaning Services and all school/institution’ under the Ministry of Education Malaysia at the Limbang district education office.

As the owner of Ritan Enterprise, Daut changed the Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) account statement details dated April 30, 2013, namely cash deposit machine (CDM) amounting to RM700 to clearing cheque deposit (CCD) amounting to RM80,700.

He also changed the balance of the Maybank account statement from RM1,017.94 to RM81,017.94.

He then submitted the tender documents together with the supporting bank documents through his business partner Stevenson Satu Buas in Kuching.

On September 17, 2013, the Open Tender committee members opened all the received application forms at SK Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir Hasan school hall.

The tender was successfully awarded to Ritan Enterprise in Lawas district on Dec 13, 2013.

Upon investigations, Daut was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on April 23.

He was indicted under Section 471 of the Penal Code and upon conviction, he is liable to two years imprisonment or with fine or both.

Daut, who was unrepresented, pleaded for leniency saying it was his first offence and that he had pleaded guilty.

This case was heard before Special Corruption Court judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong and prosecuted by MACC’s Ikhwan Mohd Ibrahim. — DayakDaily