Doctor, 73, pleads guilty to deceiving JPJ

Facing the music: MACC officers escorting the two insurance agents to the Sessions Court in George Town.

BUTTERWORTH: Four doctors and two insurance agents were charged in different Sessions Courts with trying to deceive the Road Transport Department (JPJ) into processing the goods and public service vehicle licences of two drivers.

Only one of the doctors pleaded guilty while the others claimed trial.

Dr Ding Yong Chaung, 73, pleaded guilty in the Butterworth Sessions Court yesterday to conducting an alleged physical examination on Mohd Firdaues Azizan, who was trying to renew his vocational driving licence.

The offence was committed at his polyclinic in Jalan Tembikai, Bukit Mertajam, at about 11.45am on Feb 14.

His sentencing was deferred until the Special Corruptions Court could be convened.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecuting officer Amin Yaakub proposed bail at RM10,000 and Dr Ding must report to the MACC office monthly.

In asking for a lower bail, Dr Ding, who was unrepresented, said he was a divorcee living alone and was suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney failure.

Judge Noor Aini Yusof set bail at RM8,000 in one surety and June 13 for mention.

Dr Mohamad Lufti Rashidi, 32, claimed trial in the same court to a similar offence involving the same patient at a clinic in Jalan Ciku at 12.20pm on Feb 14.

Lawyer M. Puveneswaran requested for a lower bail on the grounds that Dr Mohamad Lufti worked as a medical officer in Penang Prison, has an 18-month-old child and his wife is expecting their second child.

Noor Aini set bail at RM8,000 and ordered the accused to report to the MACC office monthly. She set July 4 for mention.

In the George Town Sessions Court, Dr See Teik Guan, 49, and Dr Kamal Fasha Hussain, 54, claimed trial to the same offence but were separately charged.

Dr See is accused of falsely declaring he did a physical examination on Mohd Firdaues while Dr Kamal Fasha was charged with a similar offence involving Hasrol Hissam Osman, 41, at their respective clinics in Batu Feringghi and Gelugor on Feb 14 at 2.25pm and 11.20am.

Lawyer Jason Khor, who represented Dr See and Dr Kamal Fasha, asked for a lower bail, saying they had been practising medicine for 24 and 30 years respectively, and had cooperated with MACC since February.

Judge Norsalha Hamzah set bail at RM6,000 each.

The two insurance agents, Chan Ah Kow, 57, and Lim Geok Huat, 54, who are believed to be runners for the doctors, denied using fraudulent doctor certification while tendering JPJ vocational driving licence application forms at the JPJ office in Batu Uban.

The bail for each of them was set at RM6,000.

The doctors were charged under Section 415 of the Penal Code, read with Section 28(1)(a) of the Malay­sian Anti-Corruption Commis­sion Act 2009, that were punishable under Section 417 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum five-year jail term, a fine or both upon conviction.

Chan and Lim were charged under Section 471 of the Penal Code, punishable under Section 465 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum of two years’ jail, a fine or both upon conviction.

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