Saturday, May 17, 2008

Assemblyman among those questioned in RM1m bribe case - The Star


Several people were called to the Selangor Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) on Friday to assist in investigations into a 57-year-old community leader held for asking for a RM1mil bribe.

Among those present at the ACA office to record their statements was Selangor state assembly speaker Teng Chang Khim.

When met at the state ACA office on Friday, its director Ja’afar Mahad said the agency had recorded statements from Teng and others to help in investigations into the case.

“More people would be asked to assist the investigations,” he said but declined to elaborate further.

The suspect, who is also a businessman and a well-known figure in Klang town, was arrested on Wednesday by the ACA for asking RM1mil in bribe to help settle the suit filed by Chinese teenager Xu Jian Huang’s family.

It is learnt that the man was picked up at a club in Jalan Kapar after receiving a cheque for RM500,000 from a man.

He is said to have asked for RM1mil to “settle” the wrongful death suit against businessman Koh Kim Teck who, together with his two bodyguards, were charged with and later acquitted of Jian Huang’s murder.

The community leader, who was one of those instrumental in helping Jian Huang’s father Xu Jing Lai seek justice, was taken to the magistrate’s court on Thursday and is in remand until May 20.

Koh and his two bodyguards were accused of murdering Jian Huang at a bungalow in Jalan Mengkuang, off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, between 11pm on Sept 26, 2004 and 3.30pm the next day.

Ja’afar added that besides the civil case, the agency was looking into the possibility of the suspect trying to help “settle” the case in the Court of Appeal.

“We are still in the midst of establishing the purpose of him asking for the money,” he said.

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