8 years jail, 2 strokes for RM300,000 CBT

JOHOR BAHRU, 26 Oct 2020:

A chairman of a farmers’ cooperative in Pekan Nanas, Pontian was sentenced to eight years’ jail and and two strokes of the cane by the sessions court here today after he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM300,000 last month.

Alan Lim Boon Siong, 41, made the plea after the charges against him were read out before judge Aizatul Akmal Maharani. The court ordered the two sentences to run separately.

On the first count, Alan – who is the chairman of Koperasi Peladang Jaya Pekan Nanas, Pontian since 2015 – was charged with committing CBT by transferring RM100,000 belonging to the cooperative into his personal account at a bank in Pekan Nanas on Sept 1.

On the second count, he was accused of transferring RM200,000 into the same account at the same location on Sept 7.

The charges were framed under Section 409 of the Penal Code – which provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years, with whipping and liable to fine upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Chai Ing Hien appeared for the prosecution while the accused was unrepresented.

In KUALA LUMPUR, a former director of a real estate company pleaded not guilty at the Ampang magistrate’s court here today to cheating a former journalist over the sale of a non-existent bungalow lot eight years ago.

Mohd Asri Hasan, 55, claimed trial after the charge was read out to him before magistrate Normaizan Rahim.

According to the charge sheet, the father of four allegedly deceived Faiza Zainudin, 50, to purchase the non-existent bungalow lot – which led to the victim depositing RM32,000 in a Maybank account.

The offence was allegedly committed at JPJ-3A-2 (2nd Floor) in Jalan Jelatek Satu, Jelatek Business Park here at 4pm on 5 March 2012.

The charge, under Section 420 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same law, provides for imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, whipping and a fine on conviction.

The court allowed Mohd Asri bail of RM4,000 in one surety and fixed Dec 9 for mention.

– Bernama