SHAH ALAM, May 14 (Bernama) -- Former Koperasi Koswip Malaysia Berhad vice

chairman Sharuddin Abdul Malek was sentenced to 14 days jail and fined RM500,000

by the Sessions Court here today.

Sharuddin pleaded guilty to accepting RM100,000 from a company director as

an inducement to help secure a contract worth RM1 million from the cooperative,

seven years ago.

Judge Asmadi Hussin also ordered Sharuddin Abdul Malek, 49, to serve five

months in prison if he failed to pay the fine.

He was charged with accepting the bribes in three cheques between September

and December 2005 from CAE Technologies Sdn Bhd operations director Mokhtar

Ismail at a supermarket in Section 3 here, to assist the company secure a

contract from the cooperative.

He was alleged to have committed the offence between Sept 17 and 19 of 2005

at Pasaraya Big 7, Wisma MAIS Jalan RU 3/9A Seksyen 3 here.



In May 2005, the accused was alleged to have met Mokhtar to discuss a

proposal to install a computer system for Koswip and after Mokhtar had agreed to

provide such services, Sharuddin had asked for RM300,000 as an inducement but

Mokhtar agreed for RM270,000 that was to be banked into his (Sharuddin)

brother''s account.

CAE Technologies was later appointed by Koswip and signed a contract to

provide the services for a sum of RM1,496,500.

After receiving the initial 30 percent payment of RM448,950 from Koswip,

Mokhtar had issued a cheque for RM100,000 with Sharuddin''s brother''s company as

the recipient and upon receiving the cheque, Sharuddin himself had banked in the

cheque into his brother''s account.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Sinti from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption

Commission prosecuted while the accused was represented by Mohd Shahrullah Khan

Nawab Zadah Khan.



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