By Nadiah Zamlus
SHAH ALAM, Jan 28 — The Selangor government welcomes any appropriate actions by the authorities against its personnel to ensure the transparency of all state agencies.
State executive councillor for local government Ng Sze Han said this following an investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against the director of a local council who allegedly abused his position to approve a planning application to a sibling five years ago.
“The state administration takes note of this investigation and the accused has been relieved off of his duty until the court reaches a decision on the case,” Ng said in a statement.
Yesterday, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) Development Planning Department director Datuk Nizam Sahari, 54, was charged under Section 23(1) of the MACC Act 2009 and can be penalised under Section 24 (1) of the same Act.
If found guilty, the individual is liable to not more than 20 years’ imprisonment and be fined no less than five times the amount of the graft or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Fadhli Abdul Wahab offered bail of RM20,000 with one surety and required Nizam to surrender his passport to the court.
The suspect who was remanded at the Selangor MACC yesterday was represented by his lawyer Wan Muhd Ariff Ameer Wan Normazlan who did not object to the offer.
Judge Rozilah Salleh fixed the DPP’s bail and scheduled a mention of the case on February 25.