Illegal migrant worker fined RM2,300 for bribing immigration officer

The accused being escorted out from the court

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Feb 23: Sessions Court here sentenced an illegal Indonesian worker to a fine of RM2,300 which is also the amount he tried to bribe an Immigration Department officer with, for not taking any legal action against him.

Tedy Gunawan, pleaded guilty to the charge under Section 214 of the Penal Code here today.

Sessions Court Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong sentenced him to a fine of RM2,300 or in default to one-month imprisonment.

Tedy was found to corruptly give a gratification of RM2,300 to an Immigration Department Officer Azmi Drahman, in consideration not to proceed legal actions against him on an alleged offence committed under Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, which is punishable under Section 15(4) of the same Act.

According to the brief facts of the case, the complainant of this case, Azmi Drahman together with the raiding team arrived at a double-storey terrace house in Taman Hillview and found a few Indonesians at a poultry processing plant near the residential area.

The accused was then arrested by the Immigration Department officers for not possessing valid travelling documents and overstayed in Malaysia. The accused handed cash money of RM2,300 to the complainant as an inducement not to take any legal action against him.

The incident was witnessed by a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officer.

DPP Ikhwan Mohd. Ibrahim prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily