KUALA LUMPUR – Businessman Datuk Tan Eng Boon today pleaded guilty in the High Court to an alternative charge with abetting former Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor who had corruptly received RM1 million from him in 2013.
Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali has set 2.15pm today to sentence Tan, 70, for the offence.
The alternative charge against Tan was for abettment in the commission of an offence by Tengku Adnan, who, in his capacity as a public servant, had corruptly received RM1 million through a Public Bank cheque which was deposited into his CIMB Bank account by Tan.
The cheque, belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd, was a reward for Tengku Adnan for approving Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd (now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd) to increase the plot ratio relating to the development of Lot 228, Jalan Semarak, here.
The offence was committed at CIMB Bank Berhad, Putra World Trade Centre, Jalan Tun Ismail, here on Dec 27, 2013.
The charge, under Section 109 of the Penal Code and read together with Section 165 of the same law, provides an imprisonment for up to two years, or fine, or both, upon conviction.
Tan, represented by lawyer Faisal Moideen, pleaded guilty to the alternative charge during case management today.
Deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim told reporters that Tan made the guilty plea after both parties agreed to dispose off the case through a plea bargain.
Last Aug 23, the court set two days from Sept 19 to hear the Tan’s corruption case, which would be heard jointly with Tengku Adnan‘s case pertaining to receiving RM1 million from a company to increase the plot ratio for development in Jalan Semarak.
On Nov 15 last year, Tan, 70, who is a director of a property development company, pleaded not guilty to a charge of giving a bribe to Tengku Adnan, 68, by depositing a RM1 million Public Bank cheque belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd into Tengku Adnan’s CIMB Bank account.
On the same day, Tengku Adnan, pleaded not guilty to a charge of corruptly receiving RM1 million from Tan to approve an application by a company to increase the plot ratio relating to a development at Jalan Semarak here.