Miri NRD personnel pleads guilty to corruption charge

The accused is being escorted out from the Miri Sessions Court.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Nov 14: A public servant attached to National Registration Department, Miri UTC was fined RM5,000 in default of two months’ imprisonment by the Sessions Court here after she pleaded guilty to corruptly receiving RM1,000 to process temporary resident cards (MyKAS).

The offence was committed between March and April 2018 at a bus stop near Miri UTC here.

Sabtuyah Osman Ali, 32, from Kampung Pujut Tanjong Batu, was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code before Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong.

Under Section 165, it is an offence for a public servant to obtain a valuble thing, such as land or money, without adequate or any consideration, from somebody involved in a proceeding or business related to the public servant’s official function (duties).

Anti-Corruption DPP Ikhwan Mohd Ibrahim prosecuted, while Sabtuyah was unrepresented.

According to the charge sheet, around March and April 2018, the complainant, originally from Sabah, had visited the National Registration Department office here to apply for her two children’s identity cards.

The complainant has sought assistance from the accused who was on duty at the counter.

The complainant also sought assistance from the accused on how to apply for a MyKAS for her husband, an Indonesian, as well as for the complainant’s sister and a friend, also an Indonesian.

The accused agreed to help and asked for the complainant’s mobile phone number for her to update the latter on the application’s status.

A few days later, the accused informed the complainant that she has called her friend at JPN Sepupok, Niah and told the complainant that she will send a message via SMS to the complainant regarding the fees for the application process.

On March 23, 2018, the accused sent an SMS to the complainant to inform the latter that the charges for her husband’s MyKAS application was about RM650, while for her sister and her friend would have to pay about RM500 each for a blue identity card (Permanent Resident).

During mitigation today, the accused appealed for leniency as she has a young child to care for. — DayakDaily