MELAKA: The Sungai Rambai assemblyman and his former clerical assistant claimed trial at the Sessions Court in Ayer Keroh for alleged misappropriation of funds under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) totalling RM318,400.
The accused Datuk Hasan Abd Rahman, 57, and Khuzaimah Abdullah, 34, face 34 separate charges each.
Both their pleas were recorded before judge Mohd Nasir Nordin.
Based on the statement of facts of the 34 charges, Hasan is said to have committed criminal breach of trust by signing cheques amounting to RM318,400 for three agricultural and livestock projects under NBOS 2016.
He allegedly committed the offence at the Sungai Rambai constituency development and coordination committee (Japerun) office at Rural Transformation Complex at Sungai Rambai between Feb 20, 2017, to Jan 17, 2018.
However, that sum of money was never received by the actual recipients.
Khuzaimah also faces 34 similar charges with abetting Hasan.
Both face charges framed under Section 406 of the Penal Code that were read together with Section 109 of the Penal Code.
The duo could face a jail term of up to 10 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Gan Peng Kun prosecuted.
The court granted a bail of RM50,000 with one surety each and fixed Aug 20 for re-mention of the case.
Hasan was represented by counsels Hamidi Mohd Noh and Mohd Haziq Zali, while Khuzaimah was represented by counsels Ahmad Faiq Azizan and Muhammad Nor Izzat Nordin.