IPOH: Perak Malay Chamber of Commerce president Datuk Sabri Ahmad Tah claimed trial at a Sessions Court here after he was charged with allegedly cheating a fellow businessman of RM150,000.
Sabri, 47, pleaded not guilty to deceiving Datuk Alan Chuah Chin Lai into
handing over three cheques to the association and Semarak Sinergi Sdn Bhd as inducements to secure a 108.45ha land development project in Kampar and to also secure a contract to supply sand for the construction of government building projects under Naza TTDI.
Sabri, who is also director of Semarak Sinergi, was said to have committed the offence in front of the Teluk Intan Maybank branch on Jalan Ah Cheong between 10am and 2pm on July 25, 2014.
According to the charge sheet, the cheques were cashed out by one Baharudin Ahmad.
Sessions Judge S. Indera Nehru set bail at RM50,000 with two of his closest family members as bailors.
The court also instructed Sabri, who was represented by lawyers Ranjit Singh Sandhu and Olinda Nicholas, to report at the nearest MACC office once a month pending disposal of the case.
The case is fixed for mention on Aug 8.
Earlier in the same court, a former contractor claimed trial to making fraudulent claims amounting to RM246,500 over a government project involving Muzium Perak in Taiping.
Muhammad Trevor Muhammad Darby, 35, owner of Syarikat Ultra Integrated, was said to have submitted a false claim for the upgrading of audio visual equipment for an exhibition to the museum's curator Nor Hanisah Ahmad.
He was said to have committed the offence at the museum office on Dec 24, 2013.
Muhammad Trevor, who faces a similar charge in Melaka, was granted RM12,000 bail with one surety pending mention on July 27.
Judge Indera Nehru also ordered Muhammad Trevor to hand over his passport to the court.