KOTA KINABALU: A former Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) deputy director for Sabah and Labuan has been charged in court, but the judge has ordered that her name not be published.
The executive was charged with allegedly making false claims of more than RM17,000 on six occasions between January and February, 2015.
The 40-year-old mother of three was accused of committing these offences at her office at the MAA building in the city.
Sessions Court judge Abu Bakar Manat however ordered that her name and photo not be published to protect her three children aged five, seven and 10, whom he said could face bullying and taunts in school due to their mother’s case.
The former MCMC officer pleaded not guilty to six main charges and six alternative charges read before her at the Special Corruption Court here on Wednesday (Jan 22).
For the six main charges, she was accused of misappropriating property between Jan 15 and Feb 27,2015, for transactions that were never made.
She had allegedly misappropriated RM17,930 to facilitate the organising of programmes for schools around Sabah.
For the six alternative charges, she was accused of instructing her staff to use a memorandum reconciliation of expenses incurred for a budget requisition to facilitate and organise the "Klik Dengan Bijak" programme for six schools around Sabah.
The amount allegedly incurred were RM17,310.
Prosecuting officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Michael Joimin and his assistant Clement Seberimus prosecuted.
Joimin had applied for a RM10,000 bail to be deposited in full, with two local sureties, as well as requirements for the accused to surrender her international passport and to report to the MACC office once in two months, following the charging.
Defence counsel Mohd Fareez Mohammad Salleh however urged a more lenient bail at RM4,000, saying his client lost her job in October, 2017, and has no fixed income at the moment.
He said his client has to also take care of her cancer-stricken father.
Judge Abu Bakar set the bail at RM10,000 with RM4,000 to be deposited, two local sureties, to have the accused's international passport surrendered, and required her to report to the MACC office once in two months.
He also set Feb 28 for pre-trial case management.
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