JAIS officer charged with power abuse

A contract officer with the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) was charged at the Sessions Court for power abuse

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Contract officer of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS), Hairul Nizan Mhd Idris (centre), arrives at the Sessions Court in Shah Alam.PIX: Bernama

SHAH ALAM — A contract officer with the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) was charged at the Sessions Court for abusing his power in awarding a project to a company belonging to a family member.

Hairul Nizan Mhd Idris, 36, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and claimed trial before Judge Rozilah Salleh.

He was charged, as a Grade 241 contract missionary officer at the Hulu Langat JAIS office, to have abused his position and recommended a tender for the supply of goods, worth RM10,000 for Quran reading assembly in Hulu Langat to Prisma Jaya Kini Resources, which belonged to his brother.

Hairul Nizan was alleged to have committed the offence at the Hulu Langat JAIS office on 1 February 2016.

He was charged under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act which provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine of five times the amount of gratuity involved, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

Deputy public prosecutor from MACC, Mohamed Heikal Ismail, who prosecuted, requested bail at RM20,000, but lawyer Hamidi Mohd Noh, representing Hairul Nizan asked for a lower bail as his client ‘s salary was only RM3,000 a month. He also needed to support his wife, who is a teacher and three children.

Rozilah then set bail at RM20,000 with one surety. Hairul Nizan was also ordered to report himself at the Selangor MACC office every month. She also set Sept 4 for the re-mention of case. -MalaysiaGazette

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