26 May 2013

Lajim Ukin’s son charged with graft

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — The son of former Umno leader Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin was today charged with alleged corruption for using forged documents to win a government tender to build roads in Sembrong, Johor.

Nizam Lajim, 31, is accused of committing the offence on August 8, 2012, where he was said to have used a forged recommendation letter signed by then Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to acquire the project.

The letter purportedly stated the minister’s approval for the road work to be given to several companies allegedly linked to him.

Nizam was charged under section 471 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum two-year jail term or a fine or both.

The 31 year-old claimed trial and the management case has been set for June 25. He was released on RM50,000 bail with one guarantor.

Lajim, a former deputy minister who defected from ruling party Umno to form pro-opposition Pakatan Perubahan Sabah late last year, was present in court when the charge was read out to his son.

When approached, the ex-Umno supreme council member refused to comment.



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