Former Tourism Minister’s Aide and Fiancèe Face Corruption Charges

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Former aide to ex-minister Mohamaddin Ketapi charged with RM3.1 million bribery.

Hari Anggara

A former Cabinet minister’s senior private secretary was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today with 18 counts of accepting and soliciting bribes amounting to RM3,129,015, from a company owner to secure an advertising tender under the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.

Mohd Saifullah Mohd Minggu @ Mohd Hisham, 29, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out to him before Judge Azman Ahmad.

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His fiancée, Nurfadziana Abdul Kadir, 28, also claimed trial to a charge of abetting Mohd Saifullah in committing the offence by accepting a bribe of RM232,000.

The offences were allegedly committed around Kuala Lumpur namely at Red Box Karaoke and Coffee Bean outlets at the Pavilion shopping mall, Putra World Trade Centre, Vipod Residences, Maybank Taman Tun Dr Ismail branch, Wisma Genting and at his office at the Tourism Ministry in Putrajaya, between Jan 19 to July 29, 2019.

The prosecution was conducted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Farah Yasmin Salleh while counsel Md Yunos Sharif represented the two accused.

Farah sought to prevent bail for Saifullah on grounds that the MACC investigating officer, through an affidavit, stated that it had been difficult to track him down.

Yunus then rebutted by saying his client had surrendered himself once he knew the MACC was seeking him.

He also asked for a low bail sum, saying Saifullah was unemployed and would cooperate fully.

Azman then set bail of RM200,000 with one surety for Saifullah, ordered him to surrender his passport, and to report monthly to the MACC for the duration of his trial.

He set bail of RM100,000 for Nurfadziana with the same conditions.

The court also set September 23 for case mention for both individuals.

Earlier report: Aug 15, Former Aide to Former Tourism Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi Remanded