Deputy head of govt dept faces 46 corruption charges

Mahriyatty Bahrin pleaded not guilty to all the charges. (Reuters pic)

KOTA KINABALU: A deputy director of a government department was charged today on 46 counts of corruption and abuse of power involving RM55,020 between 2019 and 2021.

Mahriyatty Bahrin, 42, who is also a grade J44 civil engineer at the Sabah state contractor service centre pleaded not guilty to all the charges before sessions court judge Abu Bakar Manat.

She was accused of obtaining a bribe as an inducement to approve the Bumiputera status certificate for several contractors in the state.

Mahriyatty faces 19 charges over bribery by a commercial organisation, four charges of seeking or accepting a bribe; one charge of using false documents, and one charge of abuse of power.

She was also charged with 21 counts under the Penal Code of obtaining a consideration over transactions she conducted.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years’ jail and a fine of up to RM10,000.

All the offences were allegedly committed at Maybank branches in Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu between 2019 and 2021.

Bail was set at RM25,000.

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