Friday, July 13, 2012

Ex-airport manager convicted

A FORMER duty terminal manager was jailed for two weeks and fined a total of S$41,000 (RM102,500) for corruption and computer misuse. 

Abdul Rahim Jumaat, 46, had earlier pleaded guilty to six counts each of corruption and computer misuse. He faced 37 charges.

Twelve were for corruption for accepting a total of S$5,080 (RM12,700) from freelance travel agent Abdul Falik Abdul Latiff, 50, between November 2007 and April 2008 in return for giving the latter information of passengers checking into a Singapore Airlines flight without any check-in baggage.

A court heard that the two men agreed to a plan in late 2007 whereby Abdul Rahim would get information on the names of passengers on certain flights, specified by Falik, who did not have any check-in baggage with them.

This was to enable Falik to approach the check-in staff at Changi Airport to group those passengers with his “clients”.

Falik’s passengers would then not have to pay heavy charges on their excess baggage. Instead, they would pay Falik about S$10 (RM25) per extra 1kg of baggage.

Abdul Rahim had also, on six occasions, logged into the Kris Check System database on his workstation to display information of departing SQ flights without the consent of the Singapore Airport Terminal Services.

The corrupt arrangement was uncovered when an Indian passenger was detained in Bombay airport on April 25, 2008 with nine pieces of baggage containing 2,000 live exotic ornamental fish.

Investigations carried out by the Singapore Airport Terminal Services revealed that Abdul Rahim was the staff who had helped one of Falik’s regular clients to check in baggage in excess in return for money.

Abdul Rahim, now unemployed, was ordered to pay S$5,000 (RM12,500) prosecution costs. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network