The hunter now becomes the hunted

The police officer who is trying to fix me up is now in trouble himself. ASP Sydney Clyde Jeremiah has subpoenaed my lawyer, J. Chandra, to act as the prosecution’s witness, which means Chandra can no longer appear in court during my trial. At the last hearing, the prosecution, in fact, objected to Chandra’s presence in court and asked that he be removed. Well, my hunter is now the hunted, courtesy of divine intervention.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

Police officer among five charged with bribery
Sushma Veera, the New Straits Times

A senior police officer was among five people who were separately charged at the Sessions Court yesterday with corruption.

In the first case, ASP Sydney Clyde Jeremiah was charged with soliciting RM2,000 from Mohd Khusaiful Che Rashid, 36, as an inducement to release Hoi Chee Kin, 27, who was arrested for offering sexual services.

Jeremiah, 47, was one of the senior investigating officers in the city’s serious crimes division.

He was alleged to have committed the offence at his office at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters at 3.30pm on Oct 26 last year.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Iznina Hanim Hashim proposed RM10,000 bail in one surety.

Jeremiah’s counsel Datuk Salehuddin Saidin pleaded for the amount to be reduced to RM5,000 and said that Jeremiah was the sole breadwinner in his family.

“He has two young children aged nine and 11 years old,” he said, adding that Jeremiah, who was still with the force, was a senior investigating officer and had no reason to abscond.

Four others were charged at the same court.

• Sergeant Abdul Razak Mayuddin, 48, was charged with soliciting RM1,000 from Chua Seong Loon as an inducement not to take action against Chua, Chin Hoi Man and Chin Hoi Ching, who were suspected of causing grievous hurt.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Criminal Investigations Department at the Sentul district police headquarters, between 2.30am and 2.55am on April 2, 2006.

For Abdul Razak, Iznina proposed RM6,000 bail in one surety.

• Abd Rashid Yusuff, 50, was charged with receiving RM350 from M. Muthugumar as an inducement not to demolish the wall of Muthugumar’s squatter house.

Abd Rashid, who was then City Hall’s assistant enforcement officer, allegedly committed the offence at a restaurant in Kampung Pandan, at 3.52pm on Oct 6, 1999.

Iznina proposed RM5,000 bail in one surety.

• Jobless Rahman Ihwan and Zulkifli Sadri, both 43, were charged with accepting RM200each from NatraMohd Tahir for helping to settle her mother’s compound for hiring illegal workers.

Rahman allegedly committed the offence at a hotel lobby in Jalan Pahang at 8.30pm on Oct 6, 2006, while Zulkifli was said to have committed the offence at the same place at 12.25am the following day.

Iznina proposed RM5,000 bail in one surety for each accused.

In pleading for their bail amounts to be reduced, the four accused, who were unrepresented, said they had to support their family and had school going children.

All five pleaded not guilty to their respective charges.

Sessions judge Rosbiahanin Arifin granted RM5,000 bail in one surety each for Jeremiah, Rahman and Zulkifli, and RM3,000 bail in one surety each for Abd Rashid and Abdul Razak.

She fixed March 6 for mention of all five cases.