Former Minister’s private secretary charged with RM3.1m bribery


A FORMER Cabinet minister’s senior private secretary was charged in the Sessions Court here today on 18 counts of accepting and soliciting bribes amounting to RM3,129,015, from a company owner to secure an advertising tender under the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.

Mohd Saifullah Mohd Minggu @ Mohd Hisham, 29, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out to him before Judge Azman Ahmad.

Meanwhile, his fiancée, Nurfadziana Abdul Kadir, 28, also claimed trial to a charge of abetting Mohd Saifullah in committing the offence by accepting a bribe of RM232,000.

The offences were allegedly committed around Kuala Lumpur namely at Red Box Karaoke and Coffee Bean outlets at the Pavilion shopping mall,  Putra World Trade Centre, Vipod Residences, Maybank Taman Tun Dr Ismail branch, Wisma Genting and at his office at the Tourism Ministry in Putrajaya, between Jan 19 to July 29, 2019.

The prosecution was conducted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Farah Yasmin Salleh while counsel Md Yunos Sharif represented the two accused