MALACCA: A couple, both lecturers at Universiti Teknikal Malaisia Malacca (UTeM), today pleaded not to blame the court session for using their office of satisfaction.
Muhammad Zulfattah Zakaria (36) and his wife Norain Idris (33) pleaded after the charges were read in particular before Judge Datuk Mohd Nasir Nordin.
It is stated that the couple is responsible for handling the procurement of laboratory items for research purposes, worth RM52,000 at the university between July 2015 and June 2016.
Muhammad Zulfattah was in charge of the three counts of the charge that he used his position to be satisfied by choosing a company belonging to his mother-in-law, HA Mega Suppli, for the procurement of laboratory items, including tenders for RM19.986, RM19.975 and RM9, 102.
The violations were allegedly committed at the UTeM Mechanical Engineering School in Alor Gajah between January 27, 2015 and July 15,
Norain was charged with committing the same crime in connection with the procurement of equipment worth 3,998 RM from the same company.
She alleged that she had committed a criminal offense at the Center for Research and Innovation of the same University in the period from June 15 to July 23,
The charges against the pair have been abolished in accordance with Article 23 (1) of the Malaysian Commission for the Fight Against Corruption (MACC) and they face a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of satisfaction, or RM10,000, any is greater if found guilty.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Irvan Shah Abdul Samat, who was driving, offered Muhammad Zulfatah a bail of 80,000 RM for all three charges and RM10,000 for Norain.
However, attorney Rohaizad Kasim, who represents the couple, asked for a lower bail because his clients, who earned a total of RM9,000 a month, had two children and supported their parents and that their accounts Tabung Haji had been frozen since the last year.
Subsequently, Mohd Nasir raised a bail of RM30,000 for Muhammad Zulfattah and RM10,000 for Norain.
The couple was also ordered to hand over passports to the court and to register each month at the Melaka MACC office. – Bernama