Economist pleads not guilty

KUALA LUMPUR: Economist Dr Barjoyai Bardai, who is a director of a fund management company here, has claimed trial to an amended charge of allowing two people to act as fund management representatives without a licence. 

The amendment involved the particulars of the place of the alleged offence, produced at the start of proceedings by prosecuting officers from the Security Commission, Masleena Zaid and Jawahar Ali Ameer Ali at a sessions court yesterday. 

Dr Barjoyai, 51, a writer of Form Six textbooks and director of Perdana Technology Venture Sdn Bhd, is alleged to have consented to the offence committed by the company's former deputy president Nublan Zaky Yusoff, 37, and its former fund management representative, Siti Mariam Berahim, 35. 

The offence was allegedly committed between April 14, 1997 and March 3, 1998, at the company's premises at Technology Park Malaysia in Bukit Jalil, which later operated at the Mines Waterfront Business Park 3. He faces a fine of up to RM1mil, or up to five years jail, or both, if convicted. 

Yesterday, Dr Barjoyai who was unrepresented, told Judge Mohd Zaki Abd Wahab that he did not have any objection if the judge wanted to hear his case. Dr Barjoyai said this in reply to a question posed by Mohd Zaki as the judge had convicted Nublan on Sept 23.  

Nublan had admitted to illegally acting as a representative of the fund management company and was fined RM600,000 in default of one year's jail by the same court that day. 

Nublan had acted for Perdana Management and Consultancy Sdn Bhd (currently known as Perdana Technology Venture Sdn Bhd). 

Nublan's ex-wife, Siti Mariam, claimed trial to an amended charge of illegally acting as fund management representative of the same company, between July 21, 1997 and March 3, 1998 at the same place. Mohd Zaki fixed between March 29 and April 2 next year for trial.  

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