Miri coffeeshop owner fined RM10,000 for offering RM2,000 bribe

The accused being escorted from the Miri Sessions Court after the hearing.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 15: A coffeeshop owner pleaded guilty to attempting to offer a RM2,000 bribe to a Miri General Operations Force (GOF) 12th Battalion officer during a raid two years ago.

The accused, Wong Teck Sing, pleaded guilty at the Miri Sessions Court today to charges framed under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission Act before Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong.

The accused was sentenced to a RM10,000 fine and two days in jail, in default two months’ imprisonment. He was charged with offering a RM2,000 bribe to GOF Miri officer Inspector Ridzuan Makladin at a cafe at Jalan Melayu, Centre Point Commercial Centre on October 23, 2018 as an inducement for the GOF personnel to let him go over alleged possession of contraband cigarettes and beer.

The accused, 50, who is married with three children, pleaded for leniency, as he is the sole provider for his family and it was also his first offence.

Wong was unrepresented, while Ikwan Mohd Ibrahim of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecuted. — DayakDaily