KUALA LUMPUR: Former Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS) chief executive officer Shaharin Shaharudin has been charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving a total of RM462,900.
Shaharin, 46, claimed trial to both charges before Sessions Court Judge Nursinah Adzmi here yesterday.
Shaharin is among several high-profile personalities to have been charged for alleged corruption in recent weeks.
Land and Co-operative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam was charged on Feb 12 with corrupt practice and cheating, while former Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd managing director Tan Sri Eric Chia Eng Hock was charged with CBT involving RM76mil two days earlier.
In the first charge, Shaharin is alleged to have committed CBT involving a budget of RM460,000 to buy two Proton Perdana V6s, a Proton Perdana Executive V6 2.0(A) and an Inokom Permas van.
He is alleged to have committed the offence at the PNS headquarters at 9th Floor, Menara Dato Onn, Putra World Trade Centre, here, between Jan 8 and March 19, 2001.
Shaharin, of Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya, faces another charge with former PNS general manager (corporate services) Mislina Hanim Ibrahim, 44, of committing CBT over some sports equipment – a treadmill, weight bench and a set of rubberised weights – worth RM2,900 at the same place between April 18 and April 27, 2001.
Shaharin and Mislina were charged under Section 406 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years, whipping and fine, if convicted.
Judge Nursinah, who set bail at RM15,000 with one surety for each of the accused, fixed the joint trial to be held between Aug 16 and 20.
She also ordered Shaharin and Mislina to surrender their international passports to the court.
Earlier, DPP Roshan Ksha-triya from the Anti-Corruption Agency asked the court to impose a RM20,000 bail with one surety on each of the accused.
Shaharin’s counsel Gooi Soon Seng, however, asked the court to set bail at RM5,000 with one surety.
He also asked the court not to impound Shaharin’s passport, saying that his client needed to travel abroad as he was involved in a halal food business in the United States and Malaysia.
“The accused is often required to travel overseas to sign cheques and to place orders related to his business,” Gooi said.
He added that Shaharin was also unlikely to flee because his wife and two children, aged between five and 10, were living in the country.
Mislina’s counsel Azwan Ibrahim asked the court to impose a RM7,000 bail with one surety, saying his client had been unemployed since her service with PNS was terminated in 2001.
“Mislina’s family is now supporting her,” he added.
Azwan said Mislina was also an alternate director of a company in Penang that had been summoned for failure to remit Employees Provident Fund contributions, and she had to bear the liabilities.
Shaharin’s father, Shah-arudin Ishak, 76, and Mislina’s sister Roslina Hanum posted bail.
HIGH PROFILE CORRUPTION CASES
|Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam, 57(Land and Cooperative Development Minister)Charged on Feb 12 with corruption and cheating in the sale of 16.8 million Sabah Land Development Board shares in Sapi Plantation Sdn Bhd to Briskmark Enterprise Sdn Bhd in 1996.|
Tan Sri Eric Chia Eng Hock, 71(Former managing director of Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd)Charged on Feb 10 with CBT over more than RM76mil.
|Datuk Mohd Wasli Said, 56(Former group managing director of Sawit Kinabalu Bhd) Charged on Feb 12 with five counts of corruption, including bribing Land and Cooperative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam with 3.36 million shares of Sapi Plantation Sdn Bhd.|
Baharudin Ahmad, 46(Former Kangar Municipal Council president)Charged with four counts corruption, including soliciting RM300, 000 as an inducement to approve a housing project.
|Fuaddin Kamaruddin, 52(Chief assistant district officer with the Batang Padang district office in Taiping)Charged on Feb 11 with four counts of corruption, including alleged abused of power by submitting application for a plot of land at a housing scheme.|
Datuk Ibrahim Md Nasir, 56(Former chief operating officer of Telekom Malaysia Bhd)Charged on Jan 27 with corrupt practice for allegedly agreeing to accept three tickets worth RM37,806 from a carpet contractor.
Did you find this article insightful?