By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: A total of seven contractors has pleaded guilty to falsifying bank statements as to obtain tender for Cooked Food Supply Service for school hostels under the Ministry of Education (MOE) at the Special Corruption Court here, today.
Dayang Alfizah Abdul Latif and her husband Amran Makladin, Erni Shamsuddin, Samsun Kalimuddin, Muhammad Safwan Abdullah, Abdul Sal @ Abdul Rasan Palimbang, and Sitti Aida Hamad Ali pleaded guilty before Judge Abu Bakar Manat to each three charges.
They were sentenced to imprisonments of between one month and three months, and a fine. All of them were arraigned separately.
The judge has sentenced Dayang Alfizah, 36, to a one month’s jail and a fine of RM2,000 for each of the charge (RM6,000 in total) while her husband, a 37-year-old civil servant, was sentenced to three months’ jail and a total fine of RM15,000 for all three charges
Meanwhile, Erni, 38, and Sitti Aida, 48, were each sentenced to two months’ jail and a fine of RM5,000 for each charge. They could be jailed for another two months if they fail to pay the fine.
Judge Abu Bakar also sentenced 41-year-old Samsun to three months’ imprisonment and a fine of RM5,000 for each charge in default three months’ jail.
Muhammad Safwan, 29, was sentenced to three months’ jail and a total fine of RM9,000 for three charges in default three months’ jail.
For Abdul Sal @ Abdul Rasan, 65, the judge sentenced him to one month’s imprisonment and a fine of RM5,000 for each charge.
All the accused persons were charged with bank statement forgery of their respective companies on Nov 24, 2016 at the State Education Department in order to be qualified for the Cooked Food Supply Service tender to school hostels. The tender period ran from March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2019.
The tender, ranges from RM2 million to RM3.6 million involved hostels of Kolej Vokasional Tawau; SMK Tungku, Lahad Datu; SMK Bum Bum, Semporna; SMK Terusan Sugud, Beluran; SMK Merotai Besar, Tawau; and SMK Balung, Tawau.
The contractors are convicted under Section 471 of the Penal Code and could be sentenced under Section 468 of the Penal Code which provides for a seven-year jail term and a fine.
Unrepresented contractors prayed for leniency from the court due to personal reasons, such as having to care for their kids or sick parents.
Meanwhile, Prosecuting Officer of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Clementine Severinus, asked the court to impose a fair sentence as the cases happened at the State Education Department which involved public affairs.
The fair sentence, he said, could serve as a clear message for the public to not commit similar offence in the future.