Secretary has no authority, says court


BY LOONG MENG YEE

SHAH ALAM: A Sessions Court here refused to accept the appearance of an external secretary on behalf of two Sarawak-based companies on charges of illegal work conducted on land near Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam. 

Judge Suraya Othman told Yeo Puay Huang, 53, that her position did not qualify her to represent the companies without clear authorisation. 

“What is an external secretary? Do you have power in the companies? There is a need for people in power, with the authority to decide. Can you do that?” she asked Yeo yesterday. 

Earlier, Yeo had approached the bench when the case against one of the companies, Lunar Hati Sdn Bhd, was called for mention. 

Lunar Hati was supposed to be charged with carrying out illegal land work in February on land near Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam. 

Yeo presented herself as the external secretary for Lunar Hati.  

Later during the hearing, she informed Judge Suraya that she was also representing Indi Makmur Sdn Bhd, the other company facing similar charges as Lunar Hati. 

Yeo, who said both companies had the same two directors, added that the companies had engaged her for secretarial duties. 

Both companies share the same registered address – B59, Tingkat 2, Taman Sri Sarawak Mall in Kuching. 

“For cases like this, we need people in power to decide, such as the managing director, the chairman or the company secretary.  

“Can you represent the board? If not, you have no locus standi here,” said Judge Suraya. 

Yeo, who is from Kuching, then submitted a few documents that she claimed represented such authority. 

Judge Suraya said the documents merely permitted Yeo to make police reports about what had happened at the pieces of land near Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam. 

When the court asked about the two directors' whereabouts, Yeo said they were overseas. 

“One is attending to his son in Singapore who is scheduled to undergo an operation. The other director cannot be contacted,” said Yeo. 

The judge then fixed May 4 for mention and warned that she would issue a warrant of arrest for the directors if they did not turn up.  

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