MyEG The first three of the eight corruption charges are over Zahid’s alleged receipt as then home minister of RM13.25 million in bribes from the company Mastoro Kenny IT Consultant & Services via 24 cheques. The bribes were allegedly in return for Zahid helping the company to obtain MyEG projects that were being handled by the Home Ministry. Passport chips The third and fourth charges are over Zahid allegedly receiving as home minister a total of RM6 million in bribes from Data Sonic Group Berhad’s director Chew Ben Ben via two cheques. The bribes allegedly resulted in the appointment of Data Sonic Technologies Sdn Bhd to implement the Immigration Department’s purchase of an additional 12.5 million chips for Malaysia’s passports. The project to supply the chips for the biodata page of Malaysia’s polycarbonate passports was obtained through direct negotiations between the Home Ministry and Data Sonic Technologies, the charges allege.
Migrant worker services As for the remaining three of the eight corruption charges, Zahid was accused of receiving — again as home minister — a total of RM2 million in bribes from Syarikat Profound Radiance Sdn Bhd’s director Azlan Shah Jaffril. The charges alleged that the bribes resulted in Zahid appointing the company as the operator of a One Stop Centre (OSC) in Pakistan and Nepal. The company has been named in a report on the controversial collection of high fees from migrant workers who wanted to work in Malaysia. Penalties All eight corruption charges were brought under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 which covers the offence of accepting gratification. These are all punishable under Section 24(1) of the same law with a maximum 20-year jail term, and a fine of either RM10,000 or five times the amount of the bribe, whichever is higher. Other charges The eight corruption charges are on top of 10 criminal breach of trust charges involving over RM20.8 million of funds said to belong to Zahid’s family-owned charity foundation Yayasan Akalbudi, and an additional 27 charges of money-laundering RM72 million.
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