Former director claims trial to RM80mil CBT charge

KUALA LUMPUR: A former company director claimed trial in a Sessions Court in Ampang here to charges of cheating the board of directors, making false declarations and committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving more than RM80mil.

Datuk Ooi Kock Aun, 49, allegedly cheated Protasco Bhd’s board of directors and its officers by voluntarily hiding information that he had direct involvement with PT Anglo Slavic Utama, a company which was incorporated in Indonesia.

His action had caused Protasco’s board of directors and its officers to enter into an investment agreement on oil and gas in Indonesia with PT Anglo Slavic Utama, with Protasco buying 63% of PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia valued at US$22mil (RM68,393,170).

The offence was allegedly committed at Protasco’s office at Level 2 of the Corporate Building Unipark Suria, Jalan Ikram-Uniten in Kajang between Nov 2012 and Jan 30, 2014.

Ooi, who is now a businessman, faces a second charge of making false declaration to the Commissioner for Oath that he did not have any link with PT Anglo Slavic Utama, any of its directors or shareholders when he knew that he actually had interest in the company.

The offence allegedly took place at Wern Li Morsingh commissioner for oath’s office in Fraser Business Park at 50-3A, Jalan Metro Pudu, Off Jalan Yew on July 25, 2014.

He claimed trial to a third charge of committing CBT on the PT Anglo Slavic Indonesia’s property for RM16,250,000 at the CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad in Menara Southern Bank, No 83 Medan Setia 1, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara on Feb 4, 2014.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Datin Nurshuhaida Zainal Azahar offered bail at RM1mil in one surety for all charges.

Nurshuhaida also urged the court to order Ooi to surrender his passport.

Ooi’s counsel Edmund Bon, in asking for a lower bail, said his client was least likely to abscond as he has cooperated with the police throughout the investigation.

Bon said Ooi has a wife and four children and he was a well-respected individual in the accounting field.

Judge Suraiya Mustafa Kamal fixed bail at RM1mil in one surety for all charges and also ordered Ooi to surrender his passport. The court also fixed Feb 26 for mention.

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