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Duo charged with misappropriating RM34,000
Published on: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
By: Cynthia D Baga

KOTA KINABALU: A president of an association together with another man were charged with dishonestly misusing property amounting to RM34,000.

Jismit Japong, 53, and Mohd Hafiz Anuar, 35, pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to the charge against them on Tuesday.

The duo are accused of misappropriating the money from Mohd Hafiz’s private account between May 2012 to July 2012 at the RHB Bank, Bangunan KWSP, Jalan Karamunsing.

They were jointly charged under Section 403/34 of the Penal Code which provides for a jail term of between six months and five years, and whipping, or liability of a fine, on conviction.

The court set Oct 14 for case management and offered the duo bail of RM10,000 with RM5,000 deposited in a local surety each.

The court also ordered them to report to Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office once a month as well as their passports, if any, to be kept by the court until the disposal of their case.

They were also warned to not communicate and tamper with any prosecution witness.

Earlier, Prosecuting Officer Mohd Faliq Basiruddin from MACC had offered bail of RM15,000 in a local surety with several conditions to be imposed on them.

However, counsel PJ Perira who represented Jismit asked for the bail amount to be reduced saying that Jismit is the president of Pertubuhan Gagasan Ekonomi Bumiputera Sabah (PGEBS).

Perira said Jismit, who is also a businessman, has no previous conviction apart from the case. Furthermore, it has been seven years after the complaint was lodged and his client would not tamper with the witnesses.

During the proceeding, Jismit told the court that his wife is a full-time housewife. They have 10 children and seven of them are still schooling.

Meanwhile, Mohd Hafiz, who was not represented, also asked for a lower bail saying that he has no steady income and only worked as a driver. 

He asked permission from the court to report to the Shah Alam MACC office since he is residing there.



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