Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ex-Welfare dept director charged with graft

Mastor at the courthouse Friday

KOTA KINABALU: Retired Sabah Welfare Department director Datuk Mastor Samin pleaded not guilty to corruption charges for approving RM10,000 worth of contracts to a company owned by his wife.

Mastor, 57, who retired in April last year, was allowed bail of RM5,000 with one surety by Sessions Court judge Caroline Be Majanil, who also set March 1 to 5 for the trial.

He is charged with abusing his position as director of the state Welfare Department by directing one Dosmin Lojum to hand over RM8,000 under the then Bantuan Geran Pelancaran (launching grant) for the purchase of a sewing machine, cloth and thread from Rodeah Enterprise, a company owned by his wife Rohani Abdul Rahman.

He allegedly committed the offence at the fifth floor of Wisma Kebajikan in Sembulan on Feb 25, 2002.

On the second charge, Mastor is alleged to have ordered one Shamsuri Al-Malek to get RM2,000 worth of sewing material, including cloth and thread, also from Rodeah Enterprise, at the same place on Feb 27, 2002.

Mastor was charged under Section 15(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 and if found guilty, could face a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine.

Mastor, who was unrepresented, posted bail.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis-sion deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais prosecuted.

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