Hamzah’s son denies charges of graft

KUALA LUMPUR – A director of a company has filed a case at the Sessions Court in this city for a bribery amounting to RM100,000.

Muhammad Faisal Hamzah (40), pleaded not-guilty after the charges were read before Sessions Court Judge Rozina Ayob yesterday.

The accused, the son of the Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, said “I plead no guilt.” He was accused of accepting a bribe to influence Heitech Padu Bhd to appoint Syarikat Rimba Merpati (in which the accused is director) and Syarikat per My Solutions to be its marketing consultants.

Companies Commission of Malaysia awarded Heitech Padu Bhd a RM33mil contract titled “Supplying, Renting, Implementation and Training of Security Infrastructure”, which included a RM700k commission.

The alleged offence occurred at a office located in a mall on Jalan Dutamas 1, in March 2018.

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 fine that is no less than 5 times the amount received, or RM10,000, whichever is greater, upon conviction.

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

The accused was also asked to surrender his passport and report to the MACC monthly starting in July. He was also told not to contact any witnesses.

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

He said that his client must travel to Thailand every month as he’s 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 was 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 senior minister.

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

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

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