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Published: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 6:52:58 AM

Two charged with forming subsidiary without approval

GEORGE TOWN: Two former executives of Koperasi Pelancongan (Kopel) Pulau Pinang claimed trial in the Sessions Court here to forming a subsidiary without prior approval from the Malaysia Co-operative Commission.

Yuslinov Ahmad, 46, who was then the treasurer, and the then chairman Ali Akbar Mohd Noor, 63, were separately charged with forming the subsidiary Kopel Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd on July 10, 2007, at the cooperative’s premises in Jalan Kampung Kaka here without the commission’s approval.

The offence under Section 19 of the Co-operative Societies Act 1993 carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 or four years’ jail, or both, upon conviction.

Commission prosecution director Kamarulzaman Mohamad Buhari proposed bail at RM20,000 for each accused, saying that the duo did not turn up in court on Dec 19 when they wanted to register the case.

In pleading for a lower bail, counsel Rosli Ismail assured that his clients would always be present for the court proceedings, adding that he had checked with the court interpreters and police officers on Dec 19 but found no such case registered.

Rosli added that the prosecution should not have distributed details of the charge to the media on Dec 19 before the case had even begun.

Judge Zulhazmi Abdullah set bail at RM8,000 for Yuslinov and RM6,000 for Ali Akbar.

He fixed Feb 5 for mention, for the prosecution to apply for a joint trial, and ordered the accused to surrender their passports to the court.

Both accused posted bail.

Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, Co-operative Societies Act 1993, Koperasi Pelancongan Pulau Pinang, sessions court

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