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KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Feb 2017:
Some Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) support staff only have RM50 left of their monthly salary after settling their debts, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
He said these were among the over 1,200 DBKL staff who have high monthly debt obligations.
“There is so little left of their monthly net income that they can’t pay for their living expenses.”
He said some of them had been caught cheating and falsifying their salary slips to qualify for higher loans.
In addition, he said some staff had taken so many loans that the instalments are equivalent to their monthly income.
As such, Tengku Adnan said the Federal Territories Ministry would try to assist these support staff solve their financial problems.
This could be done by getting lower interest rates or extending the term of the loans – which might help lower their monthly payments – thus freeing up cash for more urgent needs, he said.
“We also propose that DBKL help them by settling the debts first and later make periodic deductions from the staff’s salary.
“However, this has not been finalised as we are still looking into the mechanism.”
Meanwhile in Shah Alam, two policemen were sentenced yesterday to two years imprisonment and RM30,000 fine or another six months’ jail each – after being found guilty of attempting to solicit RM6,000 from a man, five years ago.
Sessions court judge Asmadi Hussin ruled the defence had failed to cast any reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case against L/C Joe Stephen, 31, and constable Mohd Farid Che Aziz, 33.
Seventeen prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses were called during the trial.
The duo attempted to solicit RM6,000 from Lee Yong Hock as an inducement to release him from being ‘wanted by police’ and refrain from taking action against him for alleged possession of a smuggled vehicle.
Joe and Mohd farid who were based at Klang Selatan District Police headquarters committed the offence at the Pandamaran, Klang police station parking lot, around 4.30am on 3 April 2012.
Meanwhile, the policemen who were represented by counsel V. Rajehgopal, obtained a stay of their sentences pending an appeal to the High Court – but were ordered to pay their respective fines immediately.
The judge also raised the bail amount from RM15,000 to RM20,000 each, and ordered them to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Shah Alam on every first Monday of the month until disposal of the appeal.
Earlier in mitigation, Rajehgopal said Joe had been serving the Royal Malaysian Police since 1 May 2005, while Mohd Farid who had been with the police force since 1 Dec 2005 was married and had two school-going children.
Counsel said his two clients who had been suspended from work since 2012 did not have any previous conviction, had repented and were remorseful of their action.
However, MACC deputy public prosecutor Mohammed Heikal Ismail contended the duo were involved in a crime which is the country’s number one enemy.
Therefore, said DPP, the duo should be handed a punishment that would serve as a lesson and reminder to other civil servants against corruption.
“The prosecution is like-minded with the MACC chief commissioner’s mission to eradicate corruption among civil servants within two years.”
On Jan 20 last year, the same court acquitted Joe and Mohd Farid at the end of the prosecution’s case without calling for their defence.
Bu the prosecution appealed to the High Court against the ruling. On Dec 14 last year, the high court granted the appeal and ordered the case to be remitted to the sessions court for trial.