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Ex-Sabah Minister Peter Anthony Slapped With 3 Years Jail, RM50,000 Fine For Forgery

Ex-Sabah Minister Peter Anthony Slapped With 3 Years Jail, RM50,000 Fine For Forgery

He had been found guilty of forging a document to obtain a RM25 million system maintenance project with UMS back in 2014.

Ikhwan Zulkaflee

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Melalap assemblyman Datuk Peter Anthony has been sentenced to three years jail term and a fine of RM50,000 for forging a letter from the office of the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) deputy vice-chancellor in order to obtain a system maintenance contract work back in 2014.

The offence was committed while Peter was the Sabah’s infrastructure development minister.

During the sentencing, Session Court Judge Azura Alwi also allowed Peter’s application for a stay of the jail term pending the outcome of his appeal in the High Court.

“However, the accused must pay the fine today. His RM50,000 bail is maintained,” she was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.

The owner of Syarikat Asli Jati was accused of falsifying a letter from the office of the UMS deputy vice-chancellor, dated 9 June 2014, with the intention of using it for fraudulent purposes, in an attempt to get a RM25 million project that had already been given to REMT Utama Sdn Bhd through open tender.

Peter, 51, who is also the Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) president was subsequently charged under Section 468 of the Penal Code.

He will remain an assemblyman pending a decision on his appeal against the conviction and sentence.

Peter’s counsel S Devanandan had earlier mitigated for a minimum jail term and fine, arguing that contributed to the development of Sabah, pointing out his involvement in Sabah’s politics since 2000.

Deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Haresh Prakash Somiah, however, submitted that Peter had committed a grave offence, adding that two high-ranking UMS staff members had to resign due to the incident.

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