Former Telekoms sales director sues over sacking

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  • Friday, 02 May 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: A former sales director is suing his ex-employer Telekom Malaysia Bhd over his sacking after a domestic inquiry.

Mohamed Puhad Mohamed Liza said that the inquiry was designed to sack him without a proper hearing.

He is applying to get an order from the High Court that the inquiry on Jan 28, alleging that he had abused his power to get payments from a Telekom's partner firm, was invalid, defective and unlawful.

He named Telekom, its four officials, its subsidiary company and two MACC officers named as defendants.

In its application to strike out the suit, Telekom said the High Court was not a proper forum to hear the claim, which involved a challenge to an internal process, arguing that Mohamed Puhad's recourse would be the Industrial Court.

Justice Rosilah Yop on Friday set May 30 to hear the striking out application by the defendants and the plaintiff's bid to discover certain documents.

In his suit, Mohamed Puhad, then seconded to Telekom's subsidiary company Government Integrated Telecommunication Network Sdn Bhd (GITN), said he was informed by his counsel Reuben Netto that the inquiry panel unanimously decided to terminate his employment.

He said on Dec 23 last year, he was produced in the Shah Alam Sessions Court to face four corruption charges.

In his suit seeking damages filed in Feb 25, Mohamed Puhad named Telekom, GITN, inquiry chairman Aznan Ramli, panel committee members Kama Azila Abd Rani and Ahmad Che Mat, Telekom assistant general manager Hezlina Hashim, MACC operations division director Datuk Mohd Jamidan Abdullah and MACC senior superintendent Hishamuddin Mohammad Esa as defendants.

Lawyer Gurbachan Singh and Reuben represented the plaintiff while counsel M.Shanti acted for Telekom and others.

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