Ipoh police inspector charged with accepting bribe over gambling report | Malaysia

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Police inspector Firdaus Khalid (centre) arrives at the Session Court in Ipoh February 16,2021. — Picture by Farhan Najib

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IPOH, Feb 16 — A 37-year-old police inspector claimed trial at the Session Court here today for allegedly accepting bribe up to RM1,500 two years ago.

Firdaus Khalid, who was clad in a black shirt and a black face mask, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read before Judge S. Indra Nehru.

Firdaus, who is attached to the criminal investigation department in the Perak police headquarters, was accused of asking bribe amounting RM1,000 to RM1,500 from Woo Kin Soon, 36, in order to prepare a negative gambling specialist report related to an investigation paper. 

He was accused of committing the offence at Kampung Tawas Police Station’s criminal investigation division on June 24, 2019. 

He was charged under Section 17(a) of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 (Act 694) and can be punished under Section 24(1) of the same Act.

The said Section carries a maximum of 20 years jail term, fine not less than five times of the amount or RM10,000 or whichever is higher, if found guilty. 

MACC deputy public prosecutor Nurul Wahida Jalaludin prosecuted while Firdaus was represented by lawyer Mohamed Salihen Mastor.

Earlier, Nurul requested the court to set the bail at RM20,000.

However, Mohamed Salihen requested the bail to be lowered between RM5,000 and RM8,000.

“My client is still on his duty and he have fully cooperated throughout the investigation. And he also need to take care of his wife and three children and as well his parents,” he said.

Indra then fixed the bail at RM10,000 with one surety and set May 28 for mention.