GEORGE TOWN: A Batu Ferringhi post office clerk has been charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust involving a total of RM507.40.
Rohaza Abdul Majid, 38, pleaded not guilty to both charges before Sessions Court judge Sitarun Nisa Abdul Aziz here yesterday.
She is alleged to have misappropriated the money collected from Chong Shui Man, 48, at about 2.30pm on Aug 18 and Aug 25.
The money was meant to pay for the delivery of two parcels.
It was earlier reported that some 50 people had gone to the Batu Ferringhi post office on Oct 6 to seek an explanation on why utility bill payments they had made there remained unsettled.
Three staff members manning the counters informed the group that the postmaster was away.
Some members of the group lodged police reports after receiving letters from utility companies threatening to cut water and electricity supply although they had made payments at the post office.
On Oct 25, it was reported that the number of police reports made against the post office, which was outsourced to an approved third party operator by Pos Malaysia, had increased from 19 to at least 102.
Pos Malaysia has since taken full control of the operations of the outlet.
Rohaza, charged under Section 406 of the Penal Code, faces a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine of not more than RM20,000.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sariza Ismail suggested that bail be set at RM15,000 but Rohaza pleaded for a lower amount, saying she had to look after her family.
Sitarun Nisa set bail at RM6,000 and fixed Nov 11 for mention.
Rohaza, who was unrepresented, posted bail.
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