ALOR SETAR – A lorry driver was fined RM10,000 by the Sessions Court here, today after he pleaded guilty to offering a bribe of RM450 to a police officer, six years ago.
L.Gopalakrishnan, 62, made the plea after the charge against him was read out by the court interpreter before Judge Murtazadi Amran.
He was charged with offering the bribe to a police inspector in return for not taking any action against him for possessing controlled goods, namely 9,506 litres of petrol without a valid licence, which is an offence under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961.
The senior citizen was alleged to have committed the offence at No. 7137 Jalan Kuala Benut, Sungai Karangan, Padang Serai in Kulim at 3.30 am, Oct 16, 2014.
The accused was also charged under Section 214 of the Penal Code, punishable under the same act, which upon conviction can be sentenced up to nine months’ jail or a fine or both.
In mitigation, the father of four said he was taking care of a disabled child, a student and another two who lost their job due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Deputy public prosecutor Tan Sew Ping from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutes while the accused was not represented.
Gopalakrishnan paid the fine.