Did you hear about the bizarre case of former Immigration director-general Wahid Md Don who was found guilty of a corruption charge yesterday by the same judge who acquitted him three years ago?
Wahid was charged with accepting RM60,000 from businessperson Low Chang Hian as partial payment for expediting visa approvals for 4,337 Bangladeshis to enter the country. He was alleged to have committed the offence at Jalan Lembah Ledang, off Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur, on July 10, 2008.
Sessions Court Judge Rosbiahanin Arifin sentenced Wahid to six years in jail from October 30, 2013 and fined him RM300,000 or 12 months' jail. His request for a stay of the sentence was denied.
The judge reversed her earlier decision, and said that the prosecution had proven the case beyond reasonable doubt. In October 2010, she herself had acquitted Wahid without ordering him to enter his defense. She had then ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission head of prosecution Abdul Razak Musa appealed against the acquittal at the High Court but was unsuccessful. Undaunted, MACC appealed to the Court of Appeal, which was granted in April this year.
No wonder Malaysians often wonder about the state of the judiciary in this country! I did say that stupidity is rampant here, didn’t I?
I was at Café Barbera, 18 Lorong Maarof in KL’s Bangsar, on Tuesday to attend the Bangsar Toastmasters meeting. It was an enjoyable meeting only because the General Evaluator blessed it with much merriment! Victor Ong was that General Evaluator and he conducted the last third of the meeting with classy aplomb. He was indeed a joy to behold because he could switch from being serious to being humorous and back again, enlivening the meeting in the process. I certainly enjoyed this meeting and I would give it an 8 over 10.