'Whistleblowers' take CCM to court

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: A former deputy CEO of the Companies Commission of Malaysia is challenging the agency over her sacking while a former CCM training director is disputing his demotion on grounds that they merely acted as “whistleblowers” to address alleged corruption and bribery in the CCM.

Judicial Commissioner Abu Bakar Jais set June 25 for Rokiah Mohd Noor and Azryain Borhan to inform him if they would appeal against his ruling to allow CCM and the Attorney-General’s Chambers to expunge certain parts of their affidavits yesterday.

Lawyer Srividhya Ganapathy, representing the two, said Abu Bakar made the ruling on the grounds that the affidavits were scandalous.

She said both applicants had written to the Prime Minister, the Dom­estic Trade, Cooperative and Consu­merism Minister, the CCM board of directors and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over alleged corruption and bribery in CCM.

“Both were issued show-cause letters and had disciplinary action taken against them on grounds that they should not have circulated the letter to third parties, including the Prime Minister, and brought CCM into disrepute,” Srividhya said.

She said both claimed they had merely acted as “whistleblowers” in the interest of justice.

Rokiah is applying to the High Court to compel the minister and CCM to reinstate her to the post without losing allowance, bonus, seniority, retirement and other benefits or compensation in lieu of reinstatement.

In her judicial review filed on Feb 22 last year, Rokiah named the minister, the ministry, CCM and the Government as respondents.

She is claiming for damages over loss of reputation and good name, and seeking to quash the minister’s decision on Nov 28, 2012, to dismiss her.

Among others, Rokiah wants an order directing the Government to pay her retirement benefits when she reaches the age of 60 on Dec 5 next year.

Azryain is asking the court to quash the decision of the commission’s disciplinary committee in relation to his demotion.

He wants CCM and the minister to pay him his bonuses, increments and other benefits.

In his judicial review application filed on May 3, last year, he is seeking, among others, damages for his predicament and loss of reputation.

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