Hamzah’s son accuses trial of bribery

KUALA LUMPUR – The son of opposition leader Datuk Seri Zainudin, Datuk Hamzah Zainudin, has filed a trial request at the Sessions Court in this city for a bribery case amounting to RM100,000.

Muhammad Faisal Hamzah (40), pleaded guilty to the charges after they were read before Sessions Court Judge Rozina Ayob on Wednesday (5 June).

He said, “I plead Not Guilty.”

According to the chargesheet, Muhammad Faisal dishonestly received a RM100,000.00 bribe by Izmir Abdul Hamid to induce Heitech Padu Bhd, due to his influence, to appoint Rimba Merpati Sdn Bhd, and Syarikat Per My Solutions, as marketing consultants.

Companies Commission of Malaysia awarded Heitech Padu Bhd a RM33mil tender for ‘Supply, Rental, Implementation, Support and Maintenance of Security Infrastructure,’ and paid a RM700,000 commission to the companies.

In March 2018, the offence was allegedly perpetrated at a Publika Shopping Gallery office, Jalan Dutamas 1.

Muhammad Faisal has been charged under Section 16 (a)(A), of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009. This carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of RM10,000 or five times the amount received as gratification.

Mahadi Abdul Jumaat, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mahadi Abdul Jumaat, offered bail of RM30,000 with one surety.

The accused was also ordered to surrender his passport, report monthly to the MACC Office starting in July and not contact any prosecution witnesses.

Ravinder Singh Dhalliwal, Muhammad Faisal’s lawyer, requested a bail of RM25,000.

He said that his client was required to travel monthly to Thailand as he is in the process to open a hostel.

DPP Mahadi responded that the proposed bail amount was appropriate, as the amount of bribe listed on the charge is RM100,000.

“We must consider the nature of the charge and the background information of the accused.”

He said that the accused did not have serious financial problems and was also a son of a former minister.

The prosecution said that the accused could apply for a temporary passport release if he needed to travel abroad.

Judge Rozina set bail at RM25,000 with one surety, and permitted the additional conditions.

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