JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama) – A Singaporean man was sentenced to one day’s jail and fined RM20,000 or six months’ jail in default by the Sessions Court here yesterday after he pleaded guilty to trying to bribe a Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) officer last year.
Tan Choon Kiat, 39, pleaded guilty after the charge was read out to him by an interpreter before Judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz.
On May 7 last year, the accused allegedly tried to bribe SPAD officer Asmadi Mat by offering him S$1,250 (RM3,215.78) at a restaurant in Taman Daya here at 4.10 pm as an inducement not to take any legal action and to release a tour bus that the commission had seized.
The bus was stopped after droping off passengers at Tuas, on April 25 last year for not having a permit and for displaying fake permits.
In mitigation, Tan, who was unrepresented sought a reduced sentence and promised not to repeat the offence.
Deputy public prosecutor Abdul Ghafar Abd Latif from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) asked the court to impose a deterrent sentence as a lesson to the accused and society, especially Singaporeans, to ensure that they are aware of the laws of this country. a