Chairman of cooperative sentenced to eight years in jail for CBT

The accused of conducting a criminal breach of trust, Alan Lim Boon Siong, 41, (right, in grey) being escorted by the police arriving at the Session Court Johor Baru on Monday (Oct 26). -Photo by NUR AISYAH MAZALAN.

JOHOR BARU: A 41-year-old cooperative chairman was sentenced to eight years in jail and two strokes of the cane by the Session Court here for two counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) amounting to RM300,000 in September this year.

Alan Lim Boon Siong pleaded guilty to the charge that was read to him in front of Judge Aizatul Akmal Maharani.

According to the charge sheet, the accused held the position as the Koperasi Peladang Jaya Pekan Nanas chairman and abused his position, as well as dishonestly misappropriated a fund that belonged to the cooperative to his personal account.

In the first charge, the accused had allegedly transferred funds that belonged to the company amounting to RM100,000 to his personal account at a bank in Pekan Nanas on Sept 1.

As for the second charge, he had allegedly transferred a sum of RM200,000 belonging to the cooperative into the same account at the same bank on Sept 7.

The act is an offence under Section 409 of the Penal Code for committing criminal breach of trust which carries a jail term of up to 20 years with possible whipping and a fine upon conviction for each charge.

In his plea, Lim, who has held the position for five years, requested for a lighter prison sentence as he is taking care of his wife and two elderly parents.

Lim was unrepresented while deputy public prosecutor Chai Ing Hien prosecuted.

In response, Chai requested for a heavier punishment due to the dishonest actions of the accused.

The court then sentenced Lim to a four-year jail sentence and one stroke of the cane for the first charge, and another four years in jail and another stroke of the cane in the second charge.

Both sentences will run consecutively.

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