Sime Darby GM to be charged with graft

By TheStar

PETALING JAYA: A general manager at Sime Darby Bhd is expected to be charged today with graft totalling RM300,000 following a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe.

The senior executive, who is in his late 30s, is expected to face two charges, including allegedly accepting RM100,000 from a contractor in Johor awarded with a contract related to the shipping industry.

The second charge expected to be read out against him is for allegedly receiving almost RM200,000 from an­­other contractor in the Klang Valley.

He is expected to be charg­ed at the Shah Alam Sessions Court today.

Sources revealed that the senior executive had used the money he allegedly received from the contractor in Johor as downpayment for the purchase of a luxury car.

It was also revealed that the MACC had been monitoring the senior executive’s actions for a few months and had recorded his statement several weeks ago in connection with the allegations.

It is not immediately known if more people could also be hauled up pertaining to the issue of receiving kickbacks for awarding contracts.

The MACC lodged a report and started investigating the case following a revelation on May 13 by the company that it had incurred losses amounting to RM964mil.

According to its third quarter results announced on May 27, Sime Darby recorded an operating loss of RM1.019bil for its energy and utilities division.