Former Perak Corporation Berhad group chief executive officer Aminuddin Mohd Desa was today charged with bribery at the Ipoh Sessions Court.
The 57-year old claimed trial to one count of accepting a bribe under Section 165 of the Penal Code which provides for imprisonment of up to two years, or a fine, or both.
Aminuddin was alleged to have accepted a bribe in the form of payment for the construction of his bungalow amounting to RM455,660 from a contractor.
The contractor is said to have dealings with him in regards to a contract for infrastructure work involving a Perak government subsidiary.
Judge Indra Nehru Savandiah set bail at RM15,000 with one surety and ordered the accused to surrender his passport.
DPP Farah Yasmin Salleh prosecuted, while Aminuddin was represented by Najmi Dawami Abd Hamid.
The court has fixed Feb 22 for mention.
The MACC detained Aminuddin after he was quizzed with regards to the case at the Perak MACC office at 11.20am yesterday.
Perak Corporation Berhad hit the news last year after DAP MP Nga Kor Ming urged the MACC to investigate the subsidiary following an external auditor’s report which showed that the group incurred a net loss of RM340.6 million in 2017.
“The loss suffered by Perak Corp is among the biggest in the group’s history. What’s more worrying is that their debts are bigger than their assets.
“At any time, the group could go bankrupt or face issues of insolvency,” Nga said in urging MACC to probe the company.