SEREMBAN: The two Road Transport Department (JPJ) men arrested for allegedly soliciting money from companies to attend an event that never took place here had asked contributors to sponsor the main table for RM35,000.
A source, who claimed to have been approached by the organisers of the so-called Malam Mesra JPJ, said the officers visited his office several times for the contribution.
“They told me if my company sponsored the table, one person from my side would be seated with the VVIPs at the main table,” he told The Star.
It was claimed that Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha would be among the VVIPs at the main table.
The source said his company refused to give the requested amount and was then offered “minor” tables ranging from RM3,000 to RM6,000 in sponsorship.
“They kept insisting and we agreed to give a token sum.
“We received so many calls every day and were actually pressured to give in,” he said.
It was learnt that contributors from outside Negri Sembilan were also approached by the so-called organisers.
An out-of-state transport operator said two men had called at his office to ask his company to sponsor a RM5,000 table.
The company refused to give any money despite the subtle threat that it was “important to have good ties with the JPJ”.
On Saturday, MACC officers detained two JPJ officers and three others for allegedly soliciting up to RM660,000 from individuals and companies between June and October this year to organise the so-called charity event.
The function, scheduled to take place at a hotel here on Oct 2, was never held.
The bulk of the money collected has since been withdrawn from the account belonging to the Negri Sembilan JPJ Sports and Welfare Club.
Checks by anti-corruption officers showed that only RM4,000 was left in the club’s account.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission state chief Hishamuddin Hashim said yesterday that to date, four companies and individuals had come forward to assist the MACC in investigations.
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