Civil engineer jailed a year and fined RM202,397 for power abuse charges

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Oct 15: The Sessions Court here sentenced an assistant civil engineer of a governmental agency to a jail term of one year and a fine of RM202,397 for six charges of abusing his power.

Jamal Abdullah, 61, was charged with six charges under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act (MACC) 2009, which is punishable under Section 24 of the same Act.

Sessions Court Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong sentenced the accused to one year in jail for each charge and a total fine of RM202,397 or in default to 15 months in jail after a full trial of the case.

The judge also ordered the jail term to run concurrently.

The accused was found abusing his position as an government officer to award contract to a company belonging to his wife and his brother-in-law for the maintenance of a water supply project in Sampadi, Telok Melano, Bau and Lundu, between April 2016 to June 2016.

A total sum of RM40,479.40 was paid to the company belonging to his wife and his brother-in-law for six projects for the maintenance works.

MACC Deputy public prosecutor Nur Nisla Abdul Latif prosecuted while the accused was represented by counsel Francis Wee. — DayakDaily