Another Bersatu Man Charged Over Jana Wibawa Graft Scandal

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KUALA LUMPUR — Bersatu’s Segambut division deputy chief Adam Radlan Adam Muhammad was slapped with two counts of bribery charges related to the Jana Wibawa programme today (Feb 21).

Adam, however, pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court judge Suzana Hussin after the two charges were read to him. 

For the first charge, Adam allegedly solicited a bribe amount of 3.5% to 7% of the total amount of a road works project worth RM47.8 million from Mat Jusoh Mamat, who is the managing director of MIE Infrastructure & Energy Sdn Bhd.

For the second charge, Adam allegedly received RM500,000 in his CIMB bank account from Jusoh as an inducement for helping MIE secure the road works project from Jalan Sg Adam to Kg Banat, Perlis. 

The bribe was for Adam to get an approval letter from the government to help MIE secure the project under the Jana Wibawa programme.

Both charges were framed under Section 16(a)(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, and punishable under Section 24 of the same Act, which carries up to 20 years in jail and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

The judge set bail at RM120,000, and ordered Adam to surrender his passport to the court.

Adam was represented by counsel Rajan Navaratnam, while Farah Yasmin Salleh appeared as the prosecutor.  

The judge set March 22 for case management. 

Adam is the cousin of former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s son-in-law Adlan Berhan.

Earlier today, Bersatu’s Info chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan was also charged with two counts of graft charges under the same MACC act.

The Tasek Gelugor MP claimed trial for both charges.

Both Wan Saiful and Adam were arrested last night after giving their statements to MACC on the Jana Wibawa scandal.

MACC Investigations

MACC launched investigations after receiving reports of allegations that contractors chosen under the Jana Wibawa programme had deposited a total of RM300 million into Bersatu’s bank accounts.

MACC had since frozen Bersatu’s bank accounts to facilitate its investigation.

Last week Muhyiddin was also summoned by MACC to record his statement regarding the Jana Wibawa scandal.

It was reported that Muhyiddin was among individuals being investigated by MACC over the scandal, but the Pagoh MP claimed that he was not a suspect.

International Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, who served as finance minister under Muhyiddin, on Monday (Feb 20) also confirmed that MACC had summoned him up over Jana Wibawa.

Jana Wibawa

Jana Wibawa (Program Jana Ekonomi Pemerkasaan Kontraktor Bumiputera Berwibawa) was a scheme launched during the Perikatan Nasional administration under Muhyiddin.

Its objective was to improve the capacity of Bumiputera contractors in the construction industry and to expedite project execution to spur the nation’s economic recovery post-Covid-19.

On Feb 15, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that the government had decided to postpone RM5.7 billion worth of rural development projects under the Jana Wibawa programme.

Zahid said this move is to facilitate a review of whether they were awarded in accordance with the procurement process and governance requirements set by the Treasury.mediahit