Two in the dock over meat cartel scandal

Director of a frozen food company Yong Chee Keong (left) and company manager Chong Kim Kuang (right) walking to the Session Court here in Johor Baru on Tuesday (Feb 9). — THOMAS YONG/The Star

JOHOR BARU: A director and a manager of a frozen food company in Senai have been charged at the Sessions Court here in connection with the meat cartel scandal.

The accused, company director Yong Chee Keong, 40, and manager Chong Kim Kuang, 48, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them before judge Ahmad Fuad Othman.

Yong, together with another company director who is still at large, was slapped with seven charges.

He was charged under Section (1)(c) and Section 5 (1)(a) of the Trade Description Act 2011 and Paragraph 4 of the Trade Description (Certification and Marking of "Halal") Order 2011.

According to the charge sheet, Yong and the other director allegedly committed the offences between Dec 1 and Dec 3 last year at the company located at Jalan Idaman 3/4, Taman Perindustrian Desa Idaman, in Senai.

Chong also faces seven charges under the same Act for similar offences at the same place and time.

They were accused of using fake halal logos on dozens of packages of meat not certified to be halal.

In the same court, the company also faced seven charges for offences under the same Act.

Ahmad Fuad set bail at RM250,000 with one surety for each of the accused and set March 28 for next mention.

He also ordered the accused to surrender their passports and to report to the Kulai police station once every two weeks.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Mohammad Onn Abd Aziz, Kwan Li Sa, Syazwani Zawawi, T. Ashvinii and Kee Shu Min prosecuted while both accused were represented by Zamri Idrus, Yusman Che Aman and Saiful Zaman Abd Rahman.

Last year, the authorities busted a cartel that had been smuggling meat from Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina and China and repackaging it with fake halal logos.

A raid was carried out at a warehouse in Senai where 1,500 tonnes of frozen meat worth RM30mil were seized.

The cartel, believed to have been operating for a few years, had allegedly been using the warehouse as a location to make fake labels and stamps to be pasted on packages of meat not certified to be halal.

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