Monday, September 23, 2019

Tan Eng Boon's Plea Bargain

Tan Eng Boon who was featured in my Rogues’ Gallery had pleaded guilty on Tuesday – before the commencement of his own court trial. 

[Some background info: On November 15 last year, Tan, 70, who is a director of a property development company, pleaded not guilty to a charge of giving a bribe to Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, by depositing a RM1 million Public Bank cheque belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd into the latter’s CIMB Bank account on December 27, 2013. 

It was allegedly a reward for the then Federal Territories Minister for approving an application by Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd (now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd) to increase the plot ratio relating to the development of Lot 228 in Jalan Semarak, KL]. 

Therefore, in a plea bargain, to the alternative charge of abetting Tengku Adnan (left) in the RM1 million graft case – the accused escaped jail time but was imposed a RM1.5 million fine by the High Court, in default of one-year imprisonment. 

Tan, who will also be the most important witness in Tengku Adnan's corruption case, paid the penalty on Wednesday. 

Celtic carved a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership match. 

The Scottish champs had trailed to a superb thirty-third minute Killie strike – but they managed to restore parity ten minutes later when Odsonne Edouard butted a header home from James Forrest's cross. 

And in the fifty-second minute, the Frenchman bended his run to collect a pass in the box before thundering a shot into the net. 

Celtic then extended their lead as James Forrest headed Boli Bolingoli's cross straight at the Killie goalie who could only parry it and Ryan Christie fired home from close range in the fifty-sixth minute. 

On the same day too, Liverpool were up against Chelsea. 

They weren’t spectacular in any way – in fact, they had to dig deep to win 2-1. Still, they became the first EPL team to take maximum points from their first six games in successive seasons. 

Certainly, Liverpool were nowhere remotely near their best – but it is one of the great old adages of a Premier League title-winning season that the key to success is winning on exactly those occasions. 

And Trent Alexander-Arnold's powerful strike in the fourteenth minute and Roberto Firmino's header in the thirtieth minute, both from free-kick routines, secured them that hard-won victory.

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