Advertising agency director slapped with 12 charges

The director of an advertising agency pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to 12 charges of using false documents related to a RM90 million Tourism Malaysia bribery scandal.

Of the dozen offences Ibrahim Omar was charged with, 10 were under Section 471 of the Penal Code (forgery and fraudulence using a forged document as a genuine) and the remaining two were under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.

Judge Azura Alwi read the charges before setting bail at RM250,000 to be paid by a bailor with a permanent address in Peninsular Malaysia while also compelling the accused to surrender his passport to the court. 

Ibrahim, who is from Sabah, was also told to report to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya every month until the end of his trial.

Ibrahim’s agency is believed to be IO Movement Sdn Bhd, a relatively unknown brand consultancy that provides public relations and communications services, and has been contracted to handle the entire global advertising and promotions mandate for Tourism Malaysia worth almost RM90 million.

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