Perak Corp Bhd former group chief executive officer Datuk Aminuddin Md Desa was charged in the Ipoh Sessions Court today for receiving a bribe of RM455,660 from a contractor to construct his bungalow.
The 57-year-old, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge before judge S Indra Nehru.
He was charged, in his capacity as a public servant, with obtaining valuables in the form of payment for the construction of his bungalow, amounting to RM455,660, at Mukim Hulu Kinta.
Aminuddin allegedly received the payment from one Chua Kim Weng, the director of Uni-poh Construction Works Sdn Bhd, with the knowledge that the company was linked to Aminuddin’s official duties involving the contract of the main infrastructure and other works at Bandar Meru Raya 2.
The ex-CEO was alleged to have committed the offence at the Jalan Sultan Idris Shah Public Bank Bhd branch between January 17 and July 3, 2017.
The charge, under Section 165 of the Penal Code, provides imprisonment for up to two years or with a fine, or both, if found guilty.
Indra allowed Aminuddin bail of RM15,000 in one surety and also for him to surrender his passport to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
The court fixed February 22 for mention.
MACC deputy public prosecutor Farah Yasmin Salleh prosecuted, while lawyer Najmi Damawi Abd Hamid represented Aminuddin.
It was reported on May 29 last year that Aminuddin had resigned from his post.
It was also reported that Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming called on the entire board of Perak Corp to resign after the company posted a loss of RM11.4 million in the first quarter.
Nga said it was “shocking” that the company’s debts had exceeded its assets and urged the company’s directors to be responsible for the losses.