Malaysia is definitely no saint when it comes to corruption, it’s just that corruption has been done with impunity for too long.
Today, four policemen pleaded not guilty to charges of accepting bribes amounting to more than RM10,000 among themselves, some two years ago. The accused, Muhammad Azim Muhammad Adnan, 34, Mohd Shahir Ahmad Dewi, 33, Mohamad Zulhisham Zulkafli, 30, and Mohamed Syukur Gulam Mohamed, 30, were charged with three counts of bribery before judge Kamarudin Kamsun.
According to the first charge, the four asked for bribes amounting to RM7,000 from Usamah Ab Rahim, 40, who was arrested for possession of drugs. The crimes are alleged to have been done en route to the Gelang Patah police station on April 10,2018.
The charge is framed Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and under Section 24(1) of the same Act, read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code. All four received RM1,600 from Usamah at a house in Johor on April 11, 2018.
The amount was exchanged as an inducement to release Usamah and another individual, Buyamin Mohd Yusoff, 42, who were under arrest for possession of drugs. You know if you are going to commit a miscarriage of justice, at least do it for a little more money than RM1,000+la.
In addition, Mohd Shahir was also charged with receiving RM1,400 from Usamah so that he would not take action against Usamah and Buyamin.
The offence is said to have been committed in front of a restaurant along Jalan Meranti 2 in Johor on April 12, 2018. The judge set bail at RM20,000 each and ordered the four accused to report to the MACC office each month until the case was over.