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PUZ heads charged in separate cases

BUTTERWORTH: Penang Tithes Management Centre (PUZ) chief executive officer Datuk Azman Abdul Samat has claimed trial to three counts of bribery involving RM3,500.
Clad in a dark grey blazer and pants with light blue shirt, Azman, 50, appeared calm when the charges were read to him before Sessions Court judge Sitarun Nisa Abdul Aziz.
In the first charge, Azman, a civil servant, is alleged to have received a watch worth RM700 as a favour in connection with his work from Ros Suryati Alang, owner of Syarikat MNI Venture.
He reportedly received the watch at his home in Mukim 2 Permatang Rambai, Permatang Pauh, in 2010.
Azman is also charged with receiving a watch worth RM2,000 from Ashri Ismail, owner of Syarikat Al Global Trading, at the former’s office in Jalan Perda Selatan, Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, between 2011 and 2015.
He also allegedly received a watch worth RM750 from Zaiyusri Ibrahim, owner of Syarikat Safa Murni Enterprise, at an eatery near PUZ in the central Seberang Perai district in 2015.
The court set bail at RM2,000 in one surety for each charge and fixed Aug 21 for mention.
In another case at the same court, PUZ’s Management for Asnaf Quality and Economy Development Division head Mohd Wardi Ramli was charged with three counts of abuse of power.
The 35-year-old pleaded not guilty.
Among others, Mohd Wardi allegedly used his position to recommend Syarikat Al Global Trading, in which he had an interest, to supply 1,480 young chickens and chicken feed, worth RM10,842.
He allegedly committed the offence at PUZ in Jalan Perda Selatan, Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, in November last year.
The court set bail at RM5,000 in one surety for each count and fixed Aug 14 for mention. Both Azman and Mohd Wardi posted bail.

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