Deputy Director claims trial for firing whistleblower

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Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 Wafiy Abd Aziz covered his face as he walks out after being charged at the Sessions Court for instigating the Chairman of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) to sack an employee who reported his wrongdoings to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). PIX: ISKANDAR HAMIDI / MalaysiaGazette / 18 SEPTEMBER 2020
Wafiy Abd Aziz covered his face as he walks out after being charged at the Sessions Court for instigating the Chairman of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) to sack an employee who reported his wrongdoings to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). PIX: ISKANDAR HAMIDI / MalaysiaGazette / 18 SEPTEMBER 2020

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – Deputy Director of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) was charged at the Sessions Court for causing an employee to be sacked after the latter exposed his wrongdoings to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The accused, Wafiy Abd Aziz, 35, however pleaded not guilty on the charges read to him before Judge Azman Ahmad.

Wafiy was charged for taking detrimental action against the 53 year-old informant by inciting Datuk Abdul Rahman Shariff, the Chairman of the company, to sign a document of Termination of Employment against the whistleblower in retaliation for exposing his improper conduct to the MACC.

The accused was charged for committing the offence on 9 January 2020 at the EMGS office at 157 Hampshire Office, Jalan Mayang Sari, Kuala Lumpur.

Upon conviction, he could be fined not more than RM100,000 or imprisoned not more than 15 years or both.

Wafiy Abd Aziz (centre) arrive at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex to be charged at the Sessions Court for instigating the Chairman of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) to sack an employee who reported his wrongdoings to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).     PIX: ISKANDAR HAMIDI / MalaysiaGazette / 18 SEPTEMBER 2020
Wafiy Abd Aziz (centre) arrive at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex to be charged at the Sessions Court for instigating the Chairman of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) to sack an employee who reported his wrongdoings to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
PIX: ISKANDAR HAMIDI / MalaysiaGazette / 18 SEPTEMBER 2020

Wafiy, 35, who is the first person to be charged under the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (Act 711) is also punishable under Section 10(6) of the same act for causing an employee to be sacked for giving information to the MACC.

The judge set bail at RM15,000 with a surety and Wafiy’s travelling documents to be surrendered. He also needs to report himself to the MACC twice a month. The judge then set 10 October for the mention of the case. He also ordered the accused not to harass the prosecution witnesses. –MalaysiaGazette

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