Businessman jailed and fined for offering bribe
Posted on July 19, 2012, Thursday
KUCHING: A businessman who pleaded guilty to offering a police officer a bribe in May was slapped with a RM12,000 fine, in default four months’ jail and a day in prison.
Sim Sze Yan, 33, appeared before Sessions Court Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid who convicted him of a charge under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009.
Sim offered a RM2,030 bribe to an investigation officer at police headquarters at about 12.20am on May 25 this year, so no action would be taken against him when he was detained by police investigating his role in the flesh trade involving an underage girl.
Sim, who was not represented by any defence counsel, told the court he was aware he had committed an offence and the consequences.
He admitted this was his first offence, and he hoped to turn over a new leaf, so pleaded for a lenient sentence.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecution officer Katherina Nais urged the court to impose an appropriate sentence to remind the accused not to repeat the offence, and as a warning to potential offenders on the seriousness of corruption and its consequences.
Sim settled the fine.