Company owner charged with falsifying Penjana Kerjaya claims

A COMPANY owner was charged in the Alor Star Sessions Court today with five counts of submitting false documents to claim the Penjana Kerjaya 2.0 incentives, amounting to RM17,500, from the Social Security Organisation (Socso) in 2021.

The accused, Muhammad Syakireen Othman, 36, claimed trial before judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah.

He is alleged to have committed the act at Wisma Perkeso, Jalan Teluk Wanjah, here, between June and July 2021, by submitting a document in the name of the company, Round Globe Enterprise, containing false details, being a list of names of individuals who are not employees of the company, to the Socso agent.

All charges were framed under section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which provides imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine not less than five times the value of the subject matter of the offence or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

MACC prosecuting officer, Mohd Zulfadli Azharudin, pressed the court to impose bail of RM50,000 in one surety on the accused for all charges.

However, the accused, who was not represented, appealed for a lower bail on the grounds that he had to support a wife and two children, aged five and six, in addition to looking after his mother and two brothers who are disabled.

The court then allowed the accused a bail of RM7,000 in one surety, and set February 27 for mention pending the engagement of a lawyer and the submission of documents. – Bernama, January 24, 2023.

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