Wednesday, May 10, 2006

MP Jasin may be charged under Anti Corruption Act

Malaysiakini reported today that the MP for Jasin, Mohd Said bin Yusof, admitted that his company Binyu Sof Enterprise was the forwarding agency for a seized consignment of illegal timber.
He had also admitted earlier that he was the one who had asked the Custom Department "to close one eye" in a case involving the import of sawn timber which had breached the regulations.
On prima facie of his such admissions, he can be charged under either section 14, 15 or 16 of the Anti Corruption Act 1997 ("ACA"), in respect of corruption by a member of parliament.
Section 17 of the ACA further provides that in the event of conviction under section 14, 15 and 16, one shall be liable to imprisonment for a term ot not less than 6 months and not more than twenty years and a fine of not less than 5 times the sum or the value of the gratification which is the subject matter of the offence where such gratification is capable of being valued or is of a pecuniary nature, or ten thousand ringgit, whichever is the higher.


The Malaysian. said...

Very good point that you have brought out. However is the government going to go through with prosecuting him or are they also planning to 'close one eye'? Please refer to an article in my blog 'The Malaysian' on this topic.
Are Members Of Parliament Above The Law?

harnniann said...

I really have little faith that this Jasin MP will be prosecuted as that will set a very bad precedent for the BN MPs.

Even if he is prosecuted, that's nothing more than a political gimmick which I think I had had enough. So no thanks