Friday, August 6, 2010

#Update* Sime Darby GM charged for selling company information

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) on Friday, Aug 6 pressed two charges against a Sime Darby official, Zamri Mohd Iderus, for corruptly leaking company information in relation to bid prices in 2008.

Zamri, 39, pleaded not guilty Friday morning when charged at the Shah Alam Sessions Court under Section 11(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.

According to the charge sheet, Zamri is the general manager of Sime Darby Marine / Business Development and Investments / International Projects.

For the first charge, Zamri is accused of corruptly receiving gratification in the form of two cheques worth RM50,000 and RM49,000 from a Kamarudin Husin on Nov 7, 2008 in a hotel in Subang Jaya restaurant near here.

Zamri, as an agent of Sime Darby Holdings Bhd, allegedly leaked information from Sime Darby Engineering to Kamarudin on the bid prices for an Arrow Platform (M) Sdn Bhd subcontract for architectural works worth RM14.43 million and a subcontract for copper nickel piping works.

If found guilty for the first charge, Zamri is liable to a jail term of not less than 14 days and not more than 20 years. He could also be fined not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification at the centre of the offence.

The MACC prosecutors, led by deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais, also preferred an alternative charge under Section 132(2)(b) of the Companies Act 1965

Zamri also pleaded not guilty when read a second charge similar to the first.

For the second charge, Zamri was alleged to have "obtained direct profit" in receiving two cheques worth RM99,000 sometime in mid-November 2008 at the Sime Darby Complex in Subang Jaya from Kamarudin.

On this occasion, Zamri was accused of leaking information obtained on his position without the authorisation of Sime Darby Engineering on the bidding prices for a copper nickel piping project.

According to the charge sheet, Kamarudin, who is alleged to have given Zamri the cheques, has an interest in Arrow Platform. The company builds internal fabrication for oil platforms.

It is learnt that Kamarudin was not charged as prosecutors intend to call him as a witness in Zamri's trial.

If found guilty for the second charge, under Section 132(2)(b) of the Companies Act 1965, Zamri faces five years imprisonment, RM30,000 fine or both.

Judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh fixed bail at RM10,000 with one surety and ordered Zamri's passport to be impounded. Azhaniz also fixed Sept 28 for a mention of the charges against Zamri.

Zamri was represented by counsel Jason Tay.

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