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JPJ officer facing 660 years in prison

BUTTERWORTH: JPJ assistant enforcement officer Muhammad Firdaus Jaafar, 46, a Road Trans­port Department (JPJ) officer is facing a total of 660 years of imprisonment if found guilty of 33 charges of bribery.

He claimed trial to the charges at the Sessions Court here yesterday. Calm and composed as he patiently heard each charge read out to him, he pleaded not guilty to each of the 33 charges of receiving bribes amounting to RM10,950 between 2015 and 2018.

He was charged under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis­sion (MACC) Act 2009 which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years, a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

She added that he was the sole breadwinner for his three school-going children and was also looking after his wife, mother and mother-in-law.

Judge Nizam Zakaria set bail at RM20,000 with one surety.

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