Agent provocateur denies MACC holding him to ransom

By Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

The agent provocateur employed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in the corruption case involving two former PKR state executive councillors today denied that the commission had been holding him ransom to help them nab targets.

Mohamad Imran Abdullah, 34, who was instrumental in the arrests of the two PKR defectors, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, 52, and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu, 57, told the Session Court today that he had never made such an admission during the trial of another ongoing high-profile case.

He had earlier admitted that this was not the first time the MACC had employed him to set up traps for targets and that he had assisted the commission in two other cases, one involving the former Perak Syariah High Court Judge Hassan Basri Markum and another involving the illegal sale of Perak royal titles.

The accusation was put to him by defence counsel Surjan Singh, who is representing PKR politician and former Bota assemblyman Usaili Alias (another accused), during the cross examination of the star witness this morning.

“You testified in another court and admitted that before you became a part of that case, the commission’s officials had wanted to catch you and charge you (for a crime) if you did not cooperate,” accused Surjan Singh.

Mohamad Imran shook his head and said confidently, “That is not true.”

“I put it to you that you admitted that the commission’s officials threatened to charge you if you failed to cooperate, do you admit?” Surjan Singh repeated.

Mohamad Imran however refused to agree and shook his head again, saying, “No, no, I do not admit.”

Surjan Singh then reminded the witness that his testimonies in the other court could be brought in to be studied and verified.

Mohamad Imran said, “Okay, if you want to, then okay.”

Surjan Singh then tried to probe further and asked Mohamad Imran how he had come to work as an agent provocateur with the MACC.

“I helped them in the Syariah court case,” said Mohamad Imran.

Surjan Singh interjected loudly and said, “No, no, no. How did they pick you? How did they know to come to you?”

“I received a call from an officer from the agency (the then Anti-Corruption Agency). He asked me to meet with someone called Zawawi.

“When I met with Zawawi in Silibin, I was asked to help in the Syariah case because at the time, my business involved Syariah matters,” said Mohamad Imran.

Surjan Singh: Is it true that you have met with man called Hussein, who does marriage courses at Medan Kidd and you told him to prepare fake marriage certificates for you without the participants going through the courses?

Mohamad Imran: No, not true.

Surjan Singh: You are a man who would do anything for money.

Mohamad Imran: Not true.

Surjan Singh (pointing at Mohamad Imran): You are a man who would do anything for money.

Mohamad Imran: (shaking head) No.

Later, Mohamad Imran admitted to the court that although he was employed as a “project manager” in the development firm Imbangan Damai Sdn Bhd, he was not aware of the company’s list of projects and achievements.

Imbangan Damai is the company name used by Mohamad Imran to seek assistance from the accused in developing a 90-acre land in Seri Iskandar for a multi-million ringgit housing project.

Jamaluddin and Mohd Osman are on trial for purportedly receiving bribes in exchange for helping Mohamad Imran procure the said project.