Former DST staff charged with corruption

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A FORMER acting senior manager at Data Stream Technology (DST) Sdn Bhd was charged yesterday with corruption in the form of taking commissions from a contractor as a reward for verifying and recommending the company for projects awarded.

The court document filed by deputy public prosecutor Aldila Hj Mohd Salleh states that defendant Zulkifli Talip, some time in June 3, 2008, is accused of attempting to obtain five per cent commission from the managing director of Pea’s Company as a reward for verifying and recommending them for six DST projects worth $923,593.60.

It further states that on September 25 in 2008, Zulkifli is accused of accepting $15,000 as part of the five per cent payment from seven DST projects amounting to $943,078.70 from the managing director of Pea’s Company.

The penalty for each offence carries a fine of $30,000 and an imprisonment term of up to seven years.

No plea was taken from the defendant during the proceedings yesterday.

Zulkifli was released on a $10,000 court bail or the same amount in two local sureties yesterday to allow the defendant’s defence counsel, Roy Prabhakaran, time to go through the documents.

A further mention of the case is scheduled to be heard on March 24.

The Brunei Times